Why Macbeth‘s Birnam Wood Prophecy Actually Works

In case I hadn’t mentioned it here before, I love Macbeth. Passionately. It’s my favorite Shakespeare play (other than Hamlet) and its main character is one of my favorite protagonists in all of literature. In spite of that, I can understand why a lot of people dislike it: it’s pretty dark and violent, even forContinue reading “Why Macbeth‘s Birnam Wood Prophecy Actually Works”

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Bookish Links — March 2017

It’s the last day of Reading Ireland Month, so this month’s installment of “Bookish Links” is going to include only links about Irish books and writers. First off, there’s the official Reading Ireland Month link-up, which you can check out here. Here, Seamus Heaney’s daughter Catherine writes for The Guardian about the famous photograph ofContinue reading “Bookish Links — March 2017”

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Bookish Links — January 2017

Here’s a fascinating article about how William Shakespeare’s quest for his own coat of arms may help prove his identity. An interview with Ron Padgett, who collaborated with director Jim Jarmusch to write the poems at the center of Jarmusch’s new film Paterson. Here’s something I had never heard of before: W. B. Yeats’s experimentsContinue reading “Bookish Links — January 2017”

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Bookish Links — April 2016

Since April is National Poetry Month, I decided that this post would focus solely on poetry-related links. But, because this month also saw the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and the 452nd anniversary of his birth, although no one knows exactly when it was), I threw in some Shakespeare links too. From Ciera Horton, here’sContinue reading “Bookish Links — April 2016”

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“A spirit of health or goblin damned”

The Hamlet read-along is still underway, and as expected, it’s given me plenty of opportunities to consider the play from different angles. Almost since the beginning of this read-along, one question in particular has nagged at me: is the ghost really who he says he is? On my first reading of Hamlet, I pretty muchContinue reading ““A spirit of health or goblin damned””

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Yet Another Book Haul

You know how this works: the local library holds a massive book sale, I come away with a whole mess of books, and then I blog about them. And you comment on them. Let’s go. 1: Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw Owing to my long-standing fascination with Joan of Arc and Fariba’s excellent reviewContinue reading “Yet Another Book Haul”

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4 Reasons Why You Should Read Hamlet (and Why Your Excuses Won’t Work)

You may remember that in my autumn TBR post, I mentioned a Hamlet read-along that I planned to participate in. That began on the first of the month, but never fear! We’ve only gotten as far as Act 1, Scene 4, so it won’t be too hard to catch up. To be very blunt about it,Continue reading “4 Reasons Why You Should Read Hamlet (and Why Your Excuses Won’t Work)”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall “To Be Read” List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 1 & 2: Surprised by Joy and The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis I bought these two on impulse about a week ago. The Weight of Glory still sits in its pretty cream-colored Barnes and Noble bag, while I’ve already startedContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall “To Be Read” List”

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“Why is Hamlet’s father also named ‘Hamlet’?”

About a week ago, my younger brother asked me quite earnestly why Hamlet and his father have the same name. When I read Hamlet, it never occurred to me that the double name could have any special significance: after all, it was common enough in the Middle Ages and afterward for sons to be namedContinue reading ““Why is Hamlet’s father also named ‘Hamlet’?””

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A Small Smattering of Shakespeare

The rest of the internet celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday a few days ago, but I had been told that Shakespeare was born on April 26. Apparently, the exact day of Shakespeare’s birth is unknown, but the day of his christening–April 26–is. So, I choose to mark the Bard’s birthday today, but really, any day is goodContinue reading “A Small Smattering of Shakespeare”

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Current Reads: A Lazy Post

I’m afraid I’ve been a little stuck for post ideas lately. I have a few ideas in mind, but all of them require lots of research and finishing lengthy books, so those will be long in coming. In the meantime, I give you a smattering of random thoughts on my current reads. Please excuse thisContinue reading “Current Reads: A Lazy Post”

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Review: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Year of First Publication: 1605 Year of Publication for This Edition: 1994 Number of Pages: 28 (double columned) Publisher: Barnes and Noble Genre: Fiction Sub-Genres: Drama, Comedy Subjects: Italy, Jews, Anti-Semitism, Persecution The Merchant of Venice tells the story of Antonio, a merchant whose friend asks to borrow a large sum of money so thatContinue reading “Review: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare”

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