Category Archives: Shakespeare

ELM SHAKESPEARE’S MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

ELM SHAKESPEARE’S MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. We went to the Elm Shakespeare Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream outdoors in New Haven two nights ago. There were lots of new insights for me which would have come from the director, … Continue reading

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REVENGE IN SHAKESPEARE’S COMEDIES.

REVENGE IN SHAKESPEARE’S COMEDIES. Duane’s question “whether you could find some level of revenge in just about all the plays, short of the silliest comedies” provokes a second look at the comedies. When he points out that Oberon’s revenge on … Continue reading

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ARE MOST SHAKESPEARE PLAYS REVENGE PLAYS?

ARE MOST SHAKESPEARE PLAYS REVENGE PLAYS? I had missed the Shakespeare Geek blog discussion in 2009 of this post I made in 2009. (In my post I discussed a friend’s question—which Shakespeare play should she assign to her 8th graders. … Continue reading

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WHO WROTE EDWARD III?—WHAT’S MY OPINION?

WHO WROTE EDWARD III?—WHAT’S MY OPINION? I had read Edward III before going to see it, and I missed some of the things that good actors and a good director will find in the text. Notably, I missed the success … Continue reading

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IS EDWARD III GOOD ENOUGH TO BE BY SHAKESPEARE?

IS EDWARD III GOOD ENOUGH TO BE BY SHAKESPEARE? Putting aside statistical analysis, I think that the opinions on attribution come down to judgments of whether Edward III is up to Shakespeare’s lofty standard. It is puzzling that even with … Continue reading

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HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHETHER SHAKESPEARE WROTE EDWARD III?

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHETHER SHAKESPEARE WROTE EDWARD III? The large number of suggested attributions shows that there is no dispositive evidence of authorship. Using the First Folio test would give a clear answer to to the question of authorship. … Continue reading

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WHO WROTE EDWARD III?—-SOME CANDIDATES.

WHO WROTE EDWARD III?—-SOME CANDIDATES. Edward III is rarely done (Thank you Hudson Shakespeare Company!). The production history in this wikipedia entry lists only a few items. The candidates for the authorship are more in number than the productions. The … Continue reading

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A COMPLETIST GOES FOR EXTRA CREDIT.

A COMPLETIST GOES FOR EXTRA CREDIT. I have posted several times about my efforts to see all of Shakespeare’s plays. I announced here on March 7 of this year that I had decided to drop The Two Noble Kinsmen and … Continue reading

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“I SOLD MY FARM TO BUY MY CROWN.”

“I SOLD MY FARM TO BUY MY CROWN.” Swamy Subramanian’s twitter post reminds me of another answer by an economist that shows that “an abstruse answer turneth away wrath.” When I was in college, Professor Meyer Burstein got into a … Continue reading

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SHAKESPEARE FAVORED MULTIPLE MEANINGS EVERY CHANCE HE GOT.

SHAKESPEARE FAVORED MULTIPLE MEANINGS EVERY CHANCE HE GOT. Here is my post about William Empson’s analysis of some eight meanings or overtones in the line “Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang”. Here is my post about Empson’s … Continue reading

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