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Shakespeare’s First Theatre Dug Up

June 18, 2012


RemainsRShak One of Shakespeare’s early playhouses has been discovered by the archeologists from Museum of London Archaeology(MOLA) in London. It is the place where Shakespeare’s famous plays ‘Henry V’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ were first staged. It is a brilliant piece of news for both the historians and the fans of Shakespeare because they now […]

Hamlet’s Soliloquies – I

December 8, 2009


The peculiar feature of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ as a play is that it is characterized by five soliloquies, each one of them being spoken by Hamlet on different occasions. They lend to the character of Hamlet a different hue and make the play a philosophical one rather than a mere revenge play. Some critics like […]

Character of Macbeth in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’

November 7, 2009


‘Macbeth’ is universally recognized as the tragedy of ambition. It is a tragedy, which revolves around the ambitions of a great, noble Macbeth, who aimed at becoming the King of Scotland and succeeded in achieving his objective by killing almost all of those who stood in his way, as well as many innocent persons. Macbeth […]

‘As You Like It’ as Pastoral/Romantic Comedy

October 18, 2009


C.L. Barber says that ‘As You Like It’ is one of the sweetest and sunniest comedies of Shakespeare. Cheralton observes that it is satirical and realistic, other critics have said that it is a pastoral comedy. According to Nicoll, “a comedy ends on a note of tinkling of marital bliss. A Shakespearean comedy is different […]

‘Brevity is Soul of Wit’

October 19, 2008


Shakespeare in his famous drama ‘Hamlet’ writes: …brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief… The phrase ‘brevity is the soul of wit’ owes its origin to this celebrated play of the ‘Bard of Avon’. But the phrase gained currency and now it has become a […]

Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ – an Overview

July 30, 2008


‘The Tempest’ is a part of the last group of plays written by Shakespeare. The other plays included in this group are ‘Winter’s Tale’, ‘Cymbeline’ and Pericles. ‘The Tempest’ has also been called ‘Shakespeare’s last will’, as it expresses his opinion about the way we should live and opinion different from that en his tragedies […]

The Elizabethan Sonnet

July 16, 2008


The sonnet, a poem of fourteen lines was originally invented in the thirteenth century Italy. It probably originated with Dante, who wrote a number of sonnets to his beloved named Beatrice. But the genre of sonnets flourished under Petrarch (1304 – 74) a generation later. The introduction of sonnets in England is credited to Wyatt […]