“She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them”

OTHELLO Her father loved me; oft invited me; Still question'd me the story of my life, From year to year, the battles, sieges, fortunes, That I have passed. I ran it through, even from my boyish days, To the very moment that he bade me tell it; Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances, Of moving accidents by flood and field Of hair-breadth scapes i' the imminent deadly breach, Of being taken by the insolent foe And sold to slavery, of my redemption thence And portance in my travels' Read more [...]

William Shakespeare: Dirge

Come away, come away, death, And in sad cypres let me be laid; Fly away, fly away, breath; I am slain by a fair cruel maid. My shroud of white, stuck all with yew, O prepare it! My part of death, no one so true Did share it. Not a flower, not a flower sweet, On my black coffin let there be strown; Not a friend, not a friend greet My poor corse, where my bones shall be thrown: A thousand thousand sighs to save, Lay me, O, where Sad true lover never find my grave To weep there! The Read more [...]

William Shakespeare: Carpe Diem

O mistress mine, where are you roaming? O stay and hear! your true-love's coming That can sing both high and low; Trip no further, pretty sweeting, Journey's end in lovers' meeting-- Every wise man's son doth know. What is love? 'tis not hereafter; Present mirth hath present laughter; What's to come is still unsure: In delay there lies no plenty,-- Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty, Youth's a stuff will not endure. This poem is from As You Like It. The meaning of the title is: Read more [...]

“Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts”

This quotation is from Shakespeare famous play King Henry V, from the wedding of Warwick and Clarence.

William Shakespeare: Venus and Adonis – a study guide

Venus and Adonis is an early piece of Shakespeare’s career. It is a combination f  three passages from Ovid's Metamorphoses: the story in Book 10 of Venus' pursuit of Adonis, and the bashful reluctance of a young men (male coyness) as exemplified by Hermaphroditus (Book 4) and Narcissus (Book 3). Adonis  was born to Myrrha from a marriage with her own father Cinyras (Cinyras in turn is the son of Paphos, son of Pygmalion and Galatea). Myrrha lusted after her father and tricked him into sleeping Read more [...]

The Mysterious Life of Anne Hathaway

The only thing we surely know about Anne Hathaway, is that he was 7 years older than her husband, William Shakespeare, which was unusual, even at that age. But who was this legendary lady? And what was her exact role in Shakespeare’s life? Let’s discover the secrets of this legendary marriage. The exact time of birth of Anne Hathaway is unknown, but she might be born in 1555. The details of her early life are quite unsure, but she is believed to have grown up in Shottery – a village near Read more [...]
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