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A fool, for example, thinks Shakespeare a great poet--yet the fool has never read Shakespeare.
"I have got into one of my moping moods tonight," said my father, after a silence, and quoting Shakespeare, whom, by way of keeping up our English, he used to read aloud, he said: "'In truth I know not why I am so sad.
You know your Shakespeare if you don't know prudence.
To set the world right, And make snivelers agree As to who wrote Shakespeare, If 'twere BACON or He, Or Marlowe or Pitt, Or scribes ages old, I say to them all-- The truth is now told.
Do they play Shakespeare?"
In 1609, however, occurred an event which gave Shakespeare his chance for a farewell to the public.
If this war had been postponed a hundred or even fifty years," writes a philosophic English observer in a private letter, "Prussia would have become our Rome, worshipping Shakespeare and Byron as Pompey or Tiberius worshipped Greek literature, and disciplining us.
As to understanding Shakespeare--as to entering into all Shakespeare's thoughts and feelings--as to seeing the idea of Hamlet, or Lear, or Othello, as Shakespeare saw it--this we believe falls, and can only fall, to the lot of the really cultivated few, and of those who may have so much of the temperament of genius in themselves, as to comprehend and sympathize with the criticism of men of genius.
This method of studying Shakespeare by reading him has perhaps gone somewhat out of vogue in favour of more roundabout ways of approach, but it is the best method for all that.
Scholar and soldier, artist and man of business, poet and saint, his character kept that perfect balance which charms us in no other Englishman save Shakespeare.
You could not say that he had lost his memory, for he would repeat Shakespeare and Webster and Jeremy Taylor and Burke by the page together; but the parchment was filled up, there was no room for fresh inscriptions, and he was capable of repeating the same anecdote on many successive visits.
But before he could proceed on his matchless career of world conquest, before he could produce a Shakespeare and plant his flag in the sunshine of every land, it was necessary for this new faith to develop in him the belief that a man of high ideals, working in unison with the divinity that shapes his end, may rise superior to fate and be given the strength to overcome the powers of evil and to mold the world to his will.
I am probably singular in my taste as an Englishman, when I tell you that I prefer Shakespeare for the closet and Racine or Voltaire or Corneille for the stage: and with regard to English tragedies, I prefer as an acting drama Home's Douglas to any of Shakespeare's, Macbeth alone excepted; and for this plain reason that the interest in Douglas never flags, nor is diverted.
Time is a severe alembic of youthful joys, no doubt; we exhaust book after book and leave Shakespeare unopened; we grow fastidious in men and women; all the rhetoric, all the logic, we fancy we have heard before; we have seen the pictures, we have listened to the symphonies: but what has been done by all the art and literature of the world towards describing one summer day?
So now Dante joins Shakespeare (e-text #100) in the Project Gutenberg collection.
But the Low Church Protestant, whom Shakespeare certainly knew, is not very different from the evangelical dissenter of later days; and he did not interest Shakespeare.
This time I propose to consider Shakespeare from more than one point of view--first as a poet in general, then as compared with poets ancient and modern, and finally, as a strictly dramatic poet.
The Dunciad (i.e. the "Iliad of the Dunces") began originally as a controversy concerning Shakespeare, but turned out to be a coarse and revengeful satire upon all the literary men of the age who had aroused Pope's anger by their criticism or lack of appreciation of his genius.
These rude fireside songs were no mean factors in preparing the nation to welcome Shakespeare.
She wants a Shakespeare that I have got here, and a volume of Tennyson.'
We particularly refer to the last scene between Ordonio and Isidore in the cavern, which we think genuine Shakespeare; and Alhadra's narrative of her discovery of her husband's murder is not surpassed in truth and force by anything of the kind that we know.... We have not yet referred to the "Ancient Mariner," "Christabel," the "Odes on France," and the "Departing Year," or the "Love Poems."
Precisely as the church clock struck five Mr. Lewisham, with a punctuality that was indeed almost too prompt for a really earnest student, shut his Horace, took up his Shakespeare, and descended the narrow, curved, uncarpeted staircase that led from his garret to the living room in which he had his tea with his landlady, Mrs. Munday.
It contains a few passages that strongly suggest Shakespeare; but the external evidence is all against his authorship.
It was largely because of his humor that the tragedies and pain of life did not sour and subdue Shakespeare.
Highest among those who have exhibited human nature by means of dialogue, stands Shakespeare.
Having been apprenticed to a bookseller, he straightway proceeded to take a violent interest in the drama, and would often while away the evenings by spouting Shakespeare and other authors.
In What Sense is Marlowe a Founder of the English Drama?--His success with blank verse showed Shakespeare that this was the proper versification for the drama.
A volume of Macaulay's Essays and a shilling Shakespeare led the van of the belles lettres; the rest were novels: several Miss Braddons--of course, Aurora Floyd, which has penetrated to every isle of the Pacific, a good many cheap detective books, Rob Roy, Auerbach's Auf der Hohe in the German, and a prize temperance story, pillaged (to judge by the stamp) from an Anglo-Indian circulating library.
's reputation was at the highest; Sir JOHN SUCKLING, and with him, the greater part of the Courtiers, set our SHAKESPEARE far above him.
The writer of the ballad added something to the history, which is a proof that he would have added more, if more had occurred to his mind, and more must have occurred if he had seen Shakespeare.
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If we wish to see a Shakespearean play, we must return to Schroeder's adaptation; but the dogma that, in representing Shakespeare, not a jot or tittle may be omitted, senseless as it is, is constantly being reechoed.
Think of Jacob, borne after death all those hundreds of weary miles in order that he might sleep with his fathers, and then remember Shakespeare and his solemn adjuration to posterity to let him rest undisturbed in his grave.
Charles Dickens SCENE FROM KING HENRY IV--"Falstaff's Recruits" William Shakespeare SCENE FROM THE SHAUGHRAUN Boucicault SELF-RELIANCE Ralph Waldo Emerson TALE, THE--From The Two Poets of Croisic Robert Browning TRUE USE OF WEALTH, THE John Ruskin TRUTH AT LAST Edward Rowland Sill WORK John Ruskin EXERCISES FOR ELEMENTAL VOCAL EXPRESSION.
If we rate Shakespeare as one of the greatest poets, we acknowledge at the same time that it has been vouchsafed to few to discern the world as he did: to few, in expressing their inward feelings of the world, to give the reader a more realizing sense of it.
Publishes his Shakespeare, i. 496.
Poor, harmless paper, that might have gone to print a Shakespeare on, and was instead so clumsily defaced with nonsense!
Indeed, he is our only author preceding Shakespeare with whom we feel thoroughly at home.
All Paris was in delight at possessing an original Shakespeare, while the London amateurs were in despair at such a treasure being lost to England.
He that peruses Shakespeare, looks round alarmed, and starts to find himself alone.
On the theatre they were equally at odds, for while Undine had seen "Oolaloo" fourteen times, and was "wild" about Ned Norris in "The Soda-Water Fountain," she had not heard of the famous Berlin comedians who were performing Shakespeare at the German Theatre, and knew only by name the clever American actress who was trying to give "repertory" plays with a good stock company.
Jonson outlived Shakespeare twenty-one years and helped to usher in the decline of the drama.
That good lady was alone, and after a few civilities Mr. Lewisham opened his Shakespeare and read from a mark onward--that mark, by-the-bye, was in the middle of a scene--while he consumed mechanically a number of slices of bread and whort jam.
In Addison it had been strong, even when, at Oxford, in April, 1694, a young man trained in the taste of the day, he omitted Shakespeare from a rhymed Account of the chief English Poets, but of Milton said: Whate'er his pen describes I more than see, Whilst evry verse, array'd in majesty, Bold and sublime, my whole attention draws, And seems above the critics nicer laws.
I then observed Shakespeare standing between Betterton and Booth, and deciding a difference between those two great actors concerning the placing an accent in one of his lines: this was disputed on both sides with a warmth which surprised me in Elysium, till I discovered by intuition that every soul retained its principal characteristic, being, indeed, its very essence.
first mention his suggested retirement from the bank his testimonial Lamb on his poems Poetic Vigils "Sonnet to Elia" Poems, 4th edition his Devotional Verses his Widow's Tale extracts from his poems Lamb sends him a picture his step-grandfather his New Year's Eve sonnet to Lamb his "Spiritual Law" his "Translation of Enoch" Lucy, verses to note to at Islington Baskerville, John Battle, Mrs. Beaumont and Fletcher Beaumont, Sir George Bellows Shakespeare "Belshazzar's Feast" Benger, Miss Berkleyans Betham, Anne, her legacy Barbara.
Having mentioned Shakespeare and nature, does not the name of Montague force itself upon me?
On this visit he lived again at Leicester House, now occupied by the new favorite Essex, where he probably met Shakespeare and the other literary lights of the Elizabethan Age.
If a person should master Shakespeare and the Bible, he would find most that is greatest in human thought, outside of the realm of science.