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Shakespeare on the Unbelievable Justice in Texas

“Most noble sir, That which I shall report will bear no credit, Were not the proof so nigh.” (Winter’s Tale, act 5, sc. 1) … And disbelief will probably be your reaction on learning about the event, of which I first read in a comment to an unrelated article online. This is why I invite Read More

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Shakespeare and the Best Speaker of 2013

“I speak as my understanding instructs me, And as my honesty puts it to utterance.” (Winter’s Tale, act 1, sc. 1) The year’s end calls for celebrations and nominations of the “best man of the year” for this or that art, industry, fashion and other sundry human endeavors. This website celebrates George Galloway. MP for Read More

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Daffodils, Shakespeare, Wordworth, Rustle of Spring, Poetry and Music

“Daffodils, that come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty” (Winter’s Tale, act 4, sc. 4) Comment. Today we will deflect our gaze from the contemptible machinations of warmongers, thieves, perverts and unpalatable politicians. We are at the edge of Spring among whose heralds are the daffodils, now in plentiful Read More

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Shakespeare on October and Fall Poetry

”Sir, the year growing ancient, yet on summer’s death, nor on the birth Of trembling winter” (Winter’s Tale act 4, sc. 4) Comments.  Dr. Johnson observed in the “Idler” that “It is commonly observed, that when two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather; they are in haste to tell each other, what Read More

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Shakespeare’s Warning against Marketing Lies

“…Let me have no lying: it becomes none but tradesmen” (Winter’s Tale, act 4, sc. 3) Comments.  Thinking that lying be amenable to curbing is senseless. Even politicians have found a set of Orwellian alternatives to the act of lying. Why condemn as a sin what is actually a virtue? In our post-industrial society of Read More

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Shakespeare on Middle Age and Flowers for Middle Aged Men

“….Here’s flowers for you; Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram; The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun And with him rises weeping: these are flowers Of middle summer, and I think they are given To men of middle age. You’re very welcome.” (Winter’s Tale.4.4) Tips for Use. In Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets flowers are Read More

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Shakespeare on Silence and Nonverbal Communications

 “… There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gestures.” (Winter’s Tale, act 5, sc. 2) Tips for use. Describe the astonishment of a silent audience. Also, pull the leg of an audience (it could be an audience of one) that is completely silent once you have finished your piece or speech. Substitute Read More

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Shakespeare, Get your Adversary to Shut-up

“Shrew my heart, You never spoke what did become you less Than this.”  (Winter’s Tale, act 1, sc. 2) Tips for Use.  Express your dismay and disagreement at what has been said or implied. Equally an elegant way to say, “Shut up!”. As we too well know, some men (and some women) will say, affirm Read More

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