Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Subversive Words

It’s funny to think of a dictionary as subversive isn’t it?   Yet, there was a maelstrom of resistance to changes in how to approach English in 1961. Subversive Words by Michael Romani In 1961, wordsmiths grew defensive Declaring Webster’s … Continue reading

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Legends Persist

Legends persist throughout our culture.  They always have.  I believe they always will. Legends Persist by Michael Romani Choking on the information age Where everything is instantly all the rage Be it Britney Spears or history The internet is here … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Christopher Marlowe – Edward II

On February 26, 1564, the English playwright, poet and translator, Christopher Marlowe was born.  Before his death on May 30, 1593, Marlowe had become the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day.  It is touted that he was a great inspiration … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Holinshed’s Chronicles

We have previously taken a broad overview of the work called Holinshed’s Chronicles.  Today we will take a further look at this with respect to William Harrison’s input and with particular emphasis on Elizabethan punishments. William Harrison was chaplain to Lord … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Plutarch’s Lives

Reputedly on August 29, 30 B.C., Cleopatra took her life after hearing of Antony’s suicide.  There is something in his story that begs for a morality play.  Shakespeare did his noble best to provide just that. Plutarch’s life of Antony … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Holinshed’s Chronicles

Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland also known simply as Holinshed’s Chronicles is a multi-volume comprehensive history of the British Isles.  It was published in two editions.  The first in 1577.  The second in 1587.  Its importance today lies in its … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Music Says What Cannot Be Said But Must Be Expressed

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”   Victor Hugo, From Hugo’s Work William Shakespeare (1864), Part 1, Book II, Chapter IV              

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Ego Push

After giving a poetry reading tonight covering some of the classics from Swinburne to Shakespeare and from Burns to Longfellow, I watched part of a martial arts movie.  Watching the movie and thinking on the differences between the realities I’ve … Continue reading

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Rumi’s Secret

Day 13 of the month long challenge was to write a ghazal.   It’s a nice traditional Persian form that has lent itself to the English literary world.  I wrote a poem or two off topic and now am coming … Continue reading

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