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  1. Hey everyone! I'm an English Literature student and right now I have to write an essay comparing Sonnet 27 with Sonnet 130. So far, I've got two major differences, and one similarity (that they are both parodies). But I need another similarity please. The only thing I can come up with is the really obvious ones, which aren't what my tutor wants. (I'm thinking about iambic pentameter, sonnet structure, and that they're love poems). I also read somewhere (outside of college stuff) that the first so many sonnets (including 27) were addressed to a man. Outside of those points, I'd ju
  2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jun/27/shakespeare-reworked-jeanette-winterson-anne-tyler I am not entirely sure that this is a 'great' project or why it is completely necessary. "To bring Shakespeare to a contemporary audience"? Well, his plays and sonnets have lasted over 400 years with lots of contemporary audiences to contend with and his popularity has rarely waned. I wonder if these 'cover versions' will simply be a re-working as in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres or a Baz Luhrman type restyling.
  3. Was Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida pro or anti-war? What are some quotes, and solid reasons to back up each case? Thanks, Al
  4. I don't have much to add apart from wanting to be the first to mention this play, but the world première supposedly happened hereabouts this week. I'm no Shakespearean scholar so I can't vouch for how lost this 'lost' play of his actually was.
  5. A storm causes a ship wreck bringing those on board to be stranded on Prospero's island. Prior to this event, when Prospero was the Duke of Milan he was usurped by his brother Antonio who collaborated with a King to banish Prospero. No natural storm, it has been controlled by Prospero to bring his usurpers under his control and return him his dukedom, strengthened by the marriage of the king's son and Prospero's beloved daughter. Quite apart from this play containing one of the most audibily-pleasing lines in all of poetry: "Full fathom five thy father lies", it is the treatment of Calib
  6. Outrageous that there is no thread on it!
  7. Devoted twins Viola and Sebastian are ship-wrecked, neither knowing if the other is still alive or dead. Viola washes up on Illyria beach, and to survive she adopts the disguise of a young male called Cesario and goes to work in the court of Orsino - the ruler of Illyria. Orsino himself, is obsessed with Olivia, a gentlewoman who resides in a grand house. Orsino employs Cesario to act as go-between, delivering his love to Olivia. However, Olivia find herself in love with Cesario. And to complicate things further Cesario (as Viola obviously) falls in love with Orsino. Before you try to work out
  8. I came to Cymbeline completely anew, knowing nothing of the story, apart from the slim nugget that it was a 'romance'. I wasn't sure I wanted to read it either, after all, it's hardly one of those Shakey plays that has entered the collective consciousness. But the OU made me, as is so often the case with my life. King Cymbeline has a daughter Innogen who wants very much to marry Posthumus. In fact, she does secretly, much to Cymbeline's anger, and he banished Posthumus from the kingdom. Giacomo makes a bet with Posthumus that he will bed Innogen, after Posthumus's much boasted trust in h
  9. The Scottish play. The bloody play. How's about the bloody good play? This is one of my favourite of Shakey's plays and thankfully studying it hasn't ruined that. An encounter with three 'weird sisters' (think 'weird' as in fate or destiny rather than odd) sets Macbeth on a murderous path. They prophesise that he will become the Thane of Cawdor then more and that no man born of woman will be able to stop him reaching his 'vaulting ambitions'. When the first prophesy comes true, not of Macbeth's doing, he and his wife collude (the balance of power in this marriage is open to interpretation
  10. Labelled a 'problem play' by F S Boas in 1896, Measure for Measure supposedly borders comedy and tragedy. Comedy in that it follows the conventions of disguise, artifice, coincidence and the typical happy ending with the pairing off of all couples. This is all true, but the overwhelming mood of this play is dark, sinister, and troublesome. 'Tragedy' doesn't cut it really. This is a play about power, justice and sexuality - and the abuse of all of the above. The Duke leaves control of the unruly state of Vienna to the 'precise' Angelo. Meanwhile Claudio finds himself imprisoned, awaiting e
  11. It's taken me a fair few days to get to grips with this play. One read through was just not enough for me to understand, and it took 2 film performances for me to finally click with Lear. Lear, full of pride, pomp, and a hint of narcissism, asks his 3 daughters to declare how much they love him. Goneril delivers a speech that so impresses her father that he gives her a third of his lands. Regan, outdoes her sister, by simply saying that Goneril spoke too small of her love, and earns herself a third of his lands. Cordelia cannot bring herself to declare as they do, simply acknowledges tha
  12. Argubly, Shakespeare's most famous work, Hamlet is a tragedy and definitely one of my favourite plays. Young Hamlet is tortured by the death of his father and immediate marriage of his mother, Gertrude, to his Uncle Claudius. His father appears to him as a ghost and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and that Hamlet is to revenge his father. The many soliloquies and near-perfect lines have almost become cliches themselves, and a good performance, to me, is judged by its ability to make you forget that these lines have been repeated to death. Last year, I think, I saw a theatre
  13. I wasn't much looking forward to this play - Roman and Egyptian history doesn't interest me too much, and well, it just didn't feel like my kind of play. Not nearly enough blood and drama. And to be honest, after reading it, and now having listened to an audio performance of it, I wasn't much wrong. Antony, is married to Fluvia but having an affair with Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Fluvia dies and Cleo expects to step into her shoes, however her plans go awry when to make peace with Caesar, Antony marries Caesar's sister Octavia. In her fury Cleo switches allegiance to and fro, as does Ant
  14. As Shakey's plays go it is always the tragedies first for me, then the histories then the comedies. And this is one I really enjoy. Richard II is either a vain, immature, blaspheming King who is prone to excess or a just King, Christ-like in his humility. But at the heart of this play is the question whether an anointed King is untouchable and King by right or if a King should be regarded just by office. When Richard banishes his cousin Bolingbroke and Mowbray after they both accuse each other of treason, he 'appropriates' Bolingbroke's inheritance (land, title, property, money). When
  15. Hard to believe this is the first thread for one of the Bard's works, but I am sure it won't be the last. The first play of my Shakey course this year and a nice way to start. The fairyland intrudes on the human world after the humans intrude in the fairyland. There are many strands to this play but a quick synopsis of the plot goes like this. Theseus intends to marry Hippolyta. Egueus approaches Theseus for help with his wilful daughter Hermia, who refuses to marry Demetrius as she loves Lysander. Egeus wishes to exercise Athenian law which allows him to kill his daughter should s
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