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The Plays We Overlook: The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Plays We Overlook: The Merry Wives of Windsor By James Cappio Overshadowed by the two parts of Henry IV, The Merry Wives of Windsor starts off unpromisingly. Writers’ manuals always warn fledgling writers not to represent speakers’ accents phonetically. Merry Wives demonstrates that even Shakespeare should heed this advice. His Welsh character, Parson Evans, […]

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Doing Something about ‘Hamlet’

  February 4 And now.   The play has been read. It’s so compact! It’s so complete!  Each line is so…significant! So…powerful!   Calm down.  Yes, it’s a powerful play. More so with each reading. So what else is new?   The available spin-offs have been watched, some not previously seen. Star Trek?? Oh yes. […]

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Antic Disposition and Frantic Appositions: reflections on Shakespeare’s “Words”

Polonious. […] What do you read, my lord? Hamlet. Words, words, words. (Hamlet, 2. 2. 191-192). In the late nineties, as a student of English Language and Literature at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, I had the honour to attend a couple of courses which were held by Agostino Lombardo, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of […]

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