And here I prophesy: this brawl to-day, Grown to this faction in the Temple-garden, Shall send between the red rose and the white A thousand souls to death and deadly night. -- Henry VI, Part I, Act 2, Scene 4 The previous four plays I've covered represents what's known as the second tetralogy of cycle known … Continue reading Henry VI, Part I
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility; But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. … Continue reading Henry V
Did I say these No-Fear Shakespeare posts would be monthly? Seems I've asked this question before, and as the answer has now proved to be a resounding "no" on the part of my actions, clearly I need to just quit asking. Exploration of the work of the Bard cannot be rushed, it cannot be scheduled, … Continue reading Henry IV, Part 2
My plan to work through the Bard's work at a rate of one per month has already fallen through. As Robert Burns once said, "The best laid schemes o' mice and men..." I will simply contend that, as in all things, it's not the quantity, but the quality of the time spent. In other words, I'm … Continue reading Henry IV, Part 1
“For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings; How some have been deposed; some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed; Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd; All murder'd: for within the hollow crown That rounds the mortal temples … Continue reading Richard II
A look inside Shakespeare's King John.