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Shakespeare Saturdays: King Lear at the RSC

A couple of Saturdays ago I wrote a post about William Shakespeare’s play King Lear and I actually saw King Lear at the RSC on the 31st of May 2018. I thought I’d do a really quick post about what I liked and disliked about the play along with some information about it. About the production:  This is actually… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: King Lear at the RSC

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Shakespeare Saturday: Sonnets 7 and 8

I’m back with another Shakespeare Saturday and two more of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Today I’m concentrating on sonnet 7 and sonnet 8. Sonnet 7 Lo, in the orient when the gracious light  Lifts up his burning head, each under eye  Doth homage to his new-appearing sight,  Serving with looks his sacred majesty;  And having climb’d the… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: Sonnets 7 and 8

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke

You may have heard of Sir Philip Sidney, a highly influential writer of the Elizabethan period, but his sister, Mary, was also an incredibly influential writer and translator in her own right. Today’s Shakespeare Saturday is focusing on Mary Sidney (also known by her married name of Mary Herbert) because I think she’s underappreciated and… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Elizabeth I and Her Influence

Welcome to another Shakespeare Saturday: Women’s History Month Edition! Today’s post is about one of England’s best monarchs (or the best monarch): Elizabeth I. She had a huge influence on religion, literature, fashion, and pretty much everything else and I’m really excited to talk about the influence she had on writers such as Edmund Spenser and William Shakespeare.… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Elizabeth I and Her Influence

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Anne Askew, Writer and Martyr

It may be Shakespeare Saturday but it’s also Women’s History Month so in March I’ll be dedicating these posts to women from the 15th and 16th centuries. I’m starting with Anne Askew who was a Tudor writer and Protestant martyr. Anne Askew was born in 1521, during the turbulent reign of Henry VIII, and she is the… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Anne Askew, Writer and Martyr

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Sonnet 5 and 6

I’m back with another two sonnets today! Shakespeare’s sonnet 5 and sonnet 6 are next to be examined… Sonnet 5 Those hours, that with gentle work did frame The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell, Will play the tyrants to the very same And that unfair which fairly doth excel; For never-resting time leads… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Sonnet 5 and 6

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Twelfth Night, or What You Will was the first of Shakespeare’s plays that I ever encountered. I recently saw it performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company so I thought I’d write a little post about it. Twelfth Night is a Shakespearean comedy and it was written in c.1601. The first recorded performance was on Candlemas (2nd February)… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Twelfth Night, or What You Will

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Sonnet 3 and Sonnet 4

I’m back with two of Shakespeare’s sonnets today! Sonnet 3 and 4 are next on my list so let’s get on with it… Sonnet 3 Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest  Now is the time that face should form another;  Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest,  Thou dost beguile… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Sonnet 3 and Sonnet 4