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    What happens in the Sonnets?

    "Marry well remembered, / I reasoned with a Frenchman yesterday"(MV2.8.26-7). "Be thou the tenth Muse, ten times more in worth / than those old nine which rimers invocate"(Sonnet 38). Or,...
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    In due course, there is a nice horse poem by...

    In due course, there is a nice horse poem by Robert Frost. It's more than a little interesting to compare 52 and 87. In the first line of 52, we also might note the word "key." In MV, Morocco and...
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    And perhaps 87 was written on the way back to...

    And perhaps 87 was written on the way back to London. Professor Parrott recommended memorizing a few Sonnets, something I've yet to do(too hard). After reading 135, anytime the word "will" occurs...
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    Another Key

    Well, in Sonnet 80 we find both "bark" and the rival poet that we are told is in there somewhere. In 134,135 and 136 one finds that Shakespeare may have had in mind more than one meaning in a...
  5. Dang. The line Mr. Jones asked about is from Act...

    Dang. The line Mr. Jones asked about is from Act 3, scene 1, line 112 or so from the play. Jones seems to like the idea that Hamlet is presenting once again an "antic disposition"(1.5.179 or so). ...
  6. As Pompey Bum suggests, a good place to start is...

    As Pompey Bum suggests, a good place to start is a dictionary. That is, look up or review the terms "paradox" and irony. The editors of the new Arden edition wrote that paradox, as used here, means...
  7. More likely still, Shylock expects the Duke to...

    More likely still, Shylock expects the Duke to tell Antonio to stop spitting at people. Regarding the conflict between Antonio and Shylock, such sonnets as 42 and 145 are also interesting. But...
  8. Another possibility: Before he enters, Hamlet is...

    Another possibility: Before he enters, Hamlet is thinking that "Gee, uncle Claudius won't like the play we're about to present, perhaps I should say say something dramatic now that he'll like." Or,...
  9. And, in due course(as the late Mr. Buckley used...

    And, in due course(as the late Mr. Buckley used to say on public TV), for the BBC video, Jacobi spoke the speech directly to the audience or camera and another possibility is that Hamlet is speaking...
  10. To whom is Hamlet speaking when he says "To be or not be?"

    So, the question is: To whom is Hamlet speaking when he says "To be or not to be?" Derek Jacobi wrote: Over the years since I first began playing Hamlet, I have become more and more convinced that...
  11. That is, did I overlook something? I'm fairly...

    That is, did I overlook something? I'm fairly sure that I have not noted every passage in MV that corresponds to something in ROM and MND. I failed to complete Romeo's "O tell me" lines: "Tell me,...
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    I like the title of Professor Bloom's little book...

    I like the title of Professor Bloom's little book about HAMLET: HAMLET POEM UNLIMITED. The title is taken from Act 2, scene 2, line 418 from the play. In his big book, SHAKESPEARE THE INVENTION OF...
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    The Apparitions in MACBETH

    The apparitions are certainly another example of riddling equivocation from the witches, but are they also another invitation by the author to the reader and playgoer to recall his earlier work? The...
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    The question, as written, also might recall a...

    The question, as written, also might recall a line from the King: "There's no art / To find the mind's construction in the face"(1.4.12). The editors of the new Arden edition tell us that Professor...
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    Returning again to the Lady's reply to the line...

    Returning again to the Lady's reply to the line in question, "What beast was it then / That made yo break this enterprise to me?"(1.7.48-9) the editors of the new Arden edition wrote: " Macbeth's...
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    oops. As Samson and Gregory are about to...

    oops. As Samson and Gregory are about to encounter other characters, Gregory says: "'Tis well thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou hadst been poor john"(ROM1.1.28-9). Taken together, the lines...
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    Biblical References In Shakespeare

    In a very intense scene in HAMLET, the prince says to his uncle: "Farewell, dear mother," and explains: "Father and mother is man and wife; man and wife is one flesh; and so my mother"(4.3.53.5). ...
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    Shucks, I erred in saying that Hamlet complained...

    Shucks, I erred in saying that Hamlet complained about "contraction." While complaining to his mother , Hamlet says: "O, such a deed / as from the body of contraction plucks / The very...
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    I think you must have in mind the lengthy...

    I think you must have in mind the lengthy conversation between Malcolm and Macduff where we find: "I grant him bloody, / Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful, / Sudden, malicious, smacking of...
  20. Or perhaps I should note more of the context...

    Or perhaps I should note more of the context regarding the allusion to GENESIS 1.27: Before Samson says "'T is all one," he says "therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall and thrust his...
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    The Shakespeare plays and the U.S. elction

    We've seen in Forbes magazine that Donald Trump is like the character Falstaff. Professor Greenblatt, in the New York Times, suggested that Trump is a sociopath like Shakespeare's Richard the third....
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    Professor Shapiro, a major league big time...

    Professor Shapiro, a major league big time scholar, wrote a book about the authorship question. One of the highlights is that he engenders sympathy for Dr. Freud. Therefore, one might ask: What in...
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    Hamlet's "antic disposition" also comes to mind. ...

    Hamlet's "antic disposition" also comes to mind. We have seen online notes comparing Trump and Falstaff, Iago and fools or clownish characters. Yet, I think Trump and his staff and friends must...
  24. Or perhaps what is needed is to bring in other...

    Or perhaps what is needed is to bring in other plays, not just the three. Scholars try to make sense of obscurities in one play by looking at others. Perhaps it is good to start with the epilogue...
  25. I mean, it's possible that Ms. Streep and a...

    I mean, it's possible that Ms. Streep and a professional speechwriter may have read Professor Kermode's book and said to one another something like "Good old Shakespeare! The grace and rude will...
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