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Shakespeare Saturdays: Favourite Speeches

Who doesn’t love a good speech or soliloquy? They reveal so much about the characters who give them and they often touch upon some of the most important themes of the plays they’re featured in. I’ve chosen five of my favourite Shakespeare speeches to include in this post and I’d love for you to share… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Favourite Speeches

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Top 3 Comedies

Happy Saturday! Today’s post is a quick look at my top three Shakespearean comedies. Let me know what your favourite comedy is in the comments! A Midsummer Night’s Dream (c.1595) Oh, what a magical play! MND is my favourite Shakespeare comedy by far and it’s almost perfect for me. I love the doubling of characters,… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Top 3 Comedies

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Troilus and Cressida

Happy Saturday! I haven’t written about a Shakespeare play in ages so I’m back today with a post about one of Shakespeare’s oddest plays: Troilus and Cressida. Troilus and Cressida is a Shakespearean ‘problem play’ that was probably written in 1602. It’s the only true problem play because it really doesn’t fit into any specific… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Troilus and Cressida

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Shakespeare Saturdays: John Ford (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #9)

Happy Saturday! I’m back with another post about one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries and this time we’re looking at John Ford. Ford actually started his dramatic career after Shakespeare’s death but he was a Jacobean playwright so I’m including him in this series. Where possible, I’ve linked to free versions of each text. Some links are… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: John Ford (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #9)

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Sonnet 29

Happy Saturday! I’m looking at sonnet 29 in today’s post and, for now, I’m sticking with the basic line-by-line analysis that I introduced in my last sonnet post. Sonnet 29 When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,I all alone beweep my outcast state,And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,And look upon myself, and… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Sonnet 29

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Dekker (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #8)

Happy Saturday! It has been a couple of months since I wrote about one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries but I’m back today with a post about Thomas Dekker. Enjoy… Thomas Dekker (c.1572 – 1632) was an English dramatist and pamphleteer. His career spanned both the late Elizabethan era, the entire Jacobean era, and the early years… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Dekker (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #8)

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Much Ado About Nothing

Happy Saturday! Shakespeare Saturdays are back and I’m kicking things off with Much Ado About Nothing.  Probably written around 1598, Much Ado About Nothing is a Shakespearean comedy. It was published in quarto in 1600, where the title page states that the play was ‘sundry times publicly acted’, allowing the play to be dated to… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Much Ado About Nothing

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Middleton (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #7)

Happy Saturday! I have three favourite playwrights from the early modern era: Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, and Thomas Middleton. I haven’t written about any of them yet in this series about Shakespeare’s contemporaries, which is a shame, but I’m correcting that error today by focusing on the life and work of Thomas Middleton. I’m also… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Middleton (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #7)