View Poll Results: Which of the Henriad plays do you like best?

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  • Richard II

    1 25.00%
  • Henry IV Part 1

    3 75.00%
  • Henry IV Part 2

    1 25.00%
  • Henry V

    0 0%
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Thread: Favorite of the Henriad

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    Favorite of the Henriad

    What's your favorite play of the impressive Henriad cycle of Shakespeare? Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and a Henry V? Of course, my favorite Shakespeare outside of Macbeth is probably Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. I love the wide scale, the Falstaffian side, the fullness of it in range and even in art and rhetoric. Goethe once said that if all kinds of the type of Shakespearean writing would disappear, then we could glean the arts of poetry and rhetoric and writing from the Henry IV plays. Hadrold Bloom loves them for their intense Falstaffian wit and their varied energy. I love thecharacterizaions, the thematic concerns, and the Shakespearean wide consciousness so vividly displayed quite well in this cycle.

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    I quite like Richard II, but I've never been a huge fan of the histories.
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