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Shakespeare’s Comic And Tragic “Amen Amen”

January 4, 2008 David Hurley 0

In the brief sixth scene of the second act of Romeo and Juliet, while Romeo and Friar Laurence await the arrival of Juliet, Friar Laurence offers offers up this orison, expressive of a certain anxiety about the clandestine nature of the marriage ceremony: “So smile the heavens upon this holy [Read more…]

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A Tempest or What You Will for a Shipwreck

November 27, 2007 David Hurley 1

Last Monday I introduced some students to the game of “Shakespeare Hangman”. The word they had to get was “Shipwrecked”. They failed to get the “w” and “r” before they were hanged. I then left them with a homework question, namely: “Which Shakespeare play opens with a shipwreck?” Of course, [Read more…]