Podcast: Thy Worldly Task Hast Done

A brand new episode on The Bard and the Bible Podcast is now live. This week, a dirge (and duet!) by Guiderius and Arviragus in Cymbeline is paired with the Apostle Paul’s “swan song” from 2 Timothy 4:6-8 in the King James Version of the Bible.

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Why I Read @HarperCollins #hc200 #WhyIRead

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To know what otherwise I would not know,*
To go where otherwise I may not go;
To feel, to learn, to grow, to see,
Become what otherwise I could not be;
Remember, reminisce, repent,
Restore a bit of what I’ve spent,
Recapture what I miss and, too,
Envision what I’d like to do;
Escape, sometimes, and heal my mind,
Revive my soul, explore, refine,
Solve problems or just plant a seed,
That and more is why I read.

This post is in response to an invitation from one of my publishers, HarperCollins, in honor of their 200th anniversary, to encourage reading and literacy. See here for other authors’ responses.

*Adapted from Love’s Labour’s Lost, I.1.58

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Reviewsday: Stratford Festival’s Antony and Cleopatra

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Oddly, the Stratford Festival’s HD production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is listed (on imdb.com and elsewhere) as “humorous” and “comedy.” True, there are some pleasingly light moments in the production, but make no mistake, it is a muscular and affecting presentation of the bard’s tragedy.

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Not Worth Another Word

How is your Monday going? Could you put an insult to good use, maybe? If so, we here at The Bard and the Bible blog offer the following Shakespearean insult:

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This week’s insult is spoken by the old lord Lafeu to the despicable (but entertaining) Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well:

You are not worth another word, else I’d call you knave (All’s Well That Ends Well, II.3.262).

You’re welcome. You are now free to move about the rest of your Monday.

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Podcast: Will and Power

A new episode on The Bard and the Bible Podcast is now live. In this short installment, a speech of Ulysses from Troilus and Cressida is followed by Psalm 11, from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Shakespeare Stirs It Up

Maybe you haven’t heard about New York’s Public Theater production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (that’s him below), with the title role played by an actor whose appearance is clearly intended to evoke President Donald Trump–who, of course, is betrayed and brutally murdered in Act 3. That has stirred up more than a little outrage (and the loss of some sponsors of the production). So, although I am pretty sure no one is asking, I’m happy to weigh in on the subject. Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 4.25.25 PM

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Reviewsday: The Empire Striketh Back

A guest post by writer, teacher, and speakerSue Schlesman. She blogs at www.susanwalleyschlesman.com and www.7prayersthatwork.com.

s-l1000I just read The Empire Striketh Back, Star Wars Part the Fifth, and I loved it! Star Wars readeth well, my Padouin learners. Continue reading

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