The Plays of William Shakspeare

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 330 páginas
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ACT II. SCENE I. The same. Enter HERMIONE, MAMILLIUS, and LADIES. Her. 1'ake the boy to you: he so (roubles me, Tis past ensuring. I Lady. Come, my gracious lord. Shall I be your play-fellow f Mam. No, I'll none of you. 1 Lady. Why, my sweet lord ? Mam. You'll kiss me hard; and speak to me as if I were a baby slill.?1 love you better. 2 Lady. And why so, ray good lord ? Mam. Not for because Your brows arc blacker; yet-black brows, they say, Become some women best; so that iliere be not Too much hair there, but in a semicircle, Or half-moon made with a pen. 2 Lady. Who taught you this ? Mam. I learn'd it out of women's faces.?Pray now What colour are your eye-brows ? J Lady. Blue, my lord. Mam, Nay, that's a mock: I have seen a lady's nose That has been blue, but not her eye-brows. 2 Lady. Hark ye: The queen, your mother, rounds apace: we shall Present our services to a fine new priuce, One of these days; and the'n vou'J wanton with us, If we would have you. i Lady. She is spread of late Into a goodly bulk: Good time encounter her! Her. What wisdom stirs ampnst you f Come, sir, now I am for you again: Pray you, sit by us, And (ell's a tale. Mam. Merry, or sad, shallt be ? Her. As merry as you will. Mam. A sad tale's best for winter: I have one of sprites and goblins. Her. Let's have that, sir. Come on, sit down;?Come on, and do your best To fright me with your sprites; you're powerful at it. Mam. There was a man, Her. Nay, come, sit down -t then on. Mam. Dwelt hy a church- yard;?1 will tell it softly; n crickels shall not hear it. Her. Come on then, And gtTet me in mine ear. ftftrUONTES, ANT1GONUS, LORDS, and Otters. Lnn. Was he mci there ? his tram? Camilla withhim' 1 Lard. Behind the t...

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William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

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