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References

 
Sonnets

Plays

Historical References

Related Links

 
Sonnets
 
Sonnet 18

"Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day"


Reading


Song by Brian Ferry

Another reading by Michael Sheen
 
Howard Moss's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" 

Who says you're like one of the dog days? 
You're nicer. And better. 
Even in May, the weather can be gray, 
And a summer sub-let doesn't last forever. 
Sometimes the sun's too hot; 
Sometimes it is not. 
Who can stay young forever? 
People break their necks or just drop dead! 
But you? Never! 
If there's just one condensed reader left 
Who can figure out the abridged alphabet, 
         After you're dead and gone,

In this poem you'll live on! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Sonnet 73

"That Time of Year Thou Mayest in Me Behold"

Reading

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Plays
 
Courting sonnet from Romeo and Juliet

Source of image from Shakespeare Illustrated
Frank Dicksee.
Romeo and Juliet, 1884. 


Video: the first sight, the sonnet, the song
 

A more detailed summary quoting the courting sonnet


Reading (video)  

A summary of the scenes in Act V, quoting the soliloquy in scene V

Soliloquy from Macbeth, Act V Scene V

Source of image from Shakespeare Illustrated
Henry Fuseli. Macbeth, Banquo and the Witches on the Heath, 1793-4. 

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Historical References
 

The first Globe Theatre was built in 1599, during the Elizabethan age.  The center of the circular theater was open to the sky.  The stage's roof was painted with stars and supported by two brightly colored pillars.  When the silk flag flew over the 30-foot-high walls of the theatre, the townpeople knew to head for the ferries.  It was time of a play such as one of William Shakespeare's.  Since there were no reserved seats, the crowds arrived long before the opening scenes.  They paid their pennies and elbowed their way up to the stage to see the fierce witches of Macbeth or the tragic lovers in Romeo and Juliet.  The English theatres of Shakespeare's time did not use curtains.  At the end of a scene, the "dead bodies" would just be carried offstage.  (The World of Theater  New York: Scholastic 1993: pp 16-17..) 

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Related Links
 

William Shakespeare: Selective Relevant Links

  1. Sites for Fun & Visual Stuffs

  • Shakespeare Web--an interactive, hypermedia environment dedicated to the enjoyment of Shakespeare's works. 

2.  For Further Studies

  •  Important Gateways to Shakespeare Studies:
  • Major Shakespeare Homepage
    • The Internet Shakespeare Homepage including:
      • The Internet Shakespeare Editions: under construction
      • The Foyer: This section of the site collects all materials that deal with the overall structure of the Editions.
      • The Library: under construction
      • The Annex: The Annex makes available various materials in a more informal format: drafts, discussions, and  non-refereed texts that will nonetheless be useful to Shakespeare scholars.
    • The Oxford Society page: the oldest continuously operating organization involved in the two-centuries old Shakespeare authorship debate.
    • The Richard III and Yorkist History ServerThis site is devoted  to the study of King Richard III, last of the medieval English kings the Wars of the Roses, a dynastic struggle in the later middle ages that pitted Yorkist against Lancastrian fifteenth-century England and its culture the reputation of Richard III in history, literature, and drama, especiallyShakespeare. 

  3. Criticism


Sonnets and Plays

1. Shakespeare's Sonnet & Sonnet in General

2. Shakespeare's Plays

The Elizabethan Stage, Rose Theatre reconstructed Shakespeare: Court, Crowd and Playhouse p. 69.

Comedy

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Much Ado About Nothing

  • Critical Essays
    • Written between 1598 and 1600 at the peak of Shakespeare's skill in writing comedic work, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's wittiest works. In this comedy, Shakespeare's drama satirizes love and human courtliness between two couples who take very different paths to reach the same goal: making the connection between inward and outward beauty. Much Ado About Nothing shows different ways of how people are attracted to one another, and how their realization and definitions of "love" relate to their perceptions of inward and outward beauty. Quote from https://www.kibin.com/essay-examples/a-research-on-much-ado-about-nothing-by-william-shakespeare-bgv9x5Hv
  • Performance

History

1 Henry IV

Henry V

  • Performace
  • Black and white photos from a production of the play:http://www.its.caltech.edu/~tacit/henry/photos.html
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    Tragedy

    Romeo and Juliet

    • For advanced studies: online texts of the two quarto and the one folio versions of the play

    Hamlet


    Renaissance: Relevant Links
    Renaissance: its definition and continental philosophical roots

    1. General Introduction: Literature

    2. General Introduction: History & Culture

    3. Sites for Fun & Visual Resources

     
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