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Shakespeare & Valentine Quotes

He who watches the mainstream news, or alternative sources, with  videos showing beheadings by Isis, and the slaughter of civilians in Novorussia by the army of democracy, has reasons for pessimism. The news may prompt a mood where this goodly frame the earth seems a sterile promontory, and this most excellent canopy, the air, this Read More

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Shakespeare at St. Valentine

Many, or at least the overwhelming majority of St. Valentine traditionalists, will acquire one or more cards from sundry stationery stores or franchises. Nothing wrong, of course, except that the pre-printed messages on St. Valentine cards are often more soft than crisp, more sniveling than elegant and more ridiculous than romantic. All good grist, along Read More

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Shakespeare, Romanticism and the Role of Woman in a Gated Democracy

“Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date…” (SON.18) Comment. As we will try to demonstrate in this article, the beautiful lines of this famous sonnet are desperately obsolete. Global Read More

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Shakespeare on Apologies from a Charming Woman

“Thou mak’st faults graces that to thee resort. As on the finger of a throned queen, The basest jewel will be well esteemed.” (Sonnet 96) Comment. Answer with these lines after whatever incident or occurrence that caused her to say ‘excuse me’. And given that flattery is the infantry of negotiations (Oscar Wilde), you have Read More

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Shakespeare, Antony, the Roman Empire and the American Empire

“Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch Of the ranged empire fall! Here is my space.” (Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 1) Comment. When assessing empires it pays to compare the Roman with the American Empire. The Roman Empire subdued other nations, in particular Greece. But the Romans had almost a reverential Read More

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Another St. Valentine, another Shakespearean Compliment

“The field’s chief flower, sweet above compare, Stain to all nymphs… More white and red than doves or roses are” (Venus and Adonis) As a curiosity item, here is a letter from an illustrious and historical character to his Valentine of the time – when the Internet was the stuff of improbable miracles or of Read More

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Shakespeare and Original Ideas for St. Valentine

“Verona’s summer hath not such a flower” (Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 3) Comment.  According to Oscar Wilde, “Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are and that is the difference between the sexes.” Be it as it may, the hyper-commercial festivities of St. Valentine need not deter you (us) from extracting a Read More

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Shakespeare, Love Quotes for him, Love Quotes for her (more to come)

“Here comes the countess: now heaven walks on earth.” (Twelfth Night, act 5, sc. 1) Comments. We must, we should, we have to change the subject of political elections. If not else, in an attempt to forget that millions of well-intended citizens will go to vote in the totally unsupported belief that their vote will Read More

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Shakespeare on Love at First Sight, take 4

“O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, Methought she purged the air of pestilence! That instant was I turn’d into a hart; And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, E’er since pursue me.” (Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 1) Comments. A curious and original air-purifying effect of love at first sight. There are Read More

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Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra and a Romantic Greeting Liable to Misinterpretation

“…He’s speaking now, Or murmuring ‘Where’s my serpent of old Nile?’ (Antony and Cleopatra act 1, sc. 5) Comments.  Should you greet your girlfriend or significant other with “Where is my serpent of the Nile?” – or of the Potomac, the Missouri, Mississippi, Colorado river or equivalent – you should ensure that the said lady Read More

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