I discovered Shakespeare at the age of 25 on an exchange semester in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace. It was a magical time for me, and the perfect mode of exposure: I sat in a class with an English Shakespeare scholar, studied a play for a few weeks, then walked down the road to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and saw a performance of it. Fantastic! I was hooked. Shakespeare has been a passion ever since.
This list is by no means exhaustive. These are merely the only essays extant in my computer. There are a bunch of others elsewhere and I wrote quite a bit on Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream in England, but that was all in longhand. Perhaps I'll transcribe all that stuff this summer, God willing and time permitting. Until then, I hope you enjoy this humble offering.
If you need to consult the works of The Bard online, go to The Works of the Bard, maintained, unlikely enough, by MIT. Also, since you're reading this, you may be interested in rhetorical figures. I've compiled a somewhat annotated list.
Macbeth and Men of Respect
The Tempest and Prospero's Books
BBC King Lear
BBC Richard II
BBC Measure for Measure
Preternatural Phenomena in 3 Shakespeare Plays
King Richard II: The Garden Scene (Act III, Scene IV)
Prospero and Lear
©1996 Patrick Galloway
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