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Shakespeare’s Sonnet #4, Read by David Hurley

July 31, 2012 David Hurley 0

IV. Unthrifty loveliness why dost thou spend Upon thy self thy beauty’s legacy? Nature’s bequest gives nothing, but doth lend, And being frank she lends to those are free: Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse The bounteous largess given thee to give? Profitless usurer, why dost thou use So [Read more…]

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Shakespeare’s Sonnet #1, Read by David Hurley

July 21, 2012 David Hurley 0

I. From fairest creatures we desire increase, That thereby beauty’s rose might never die, But as the riper should by time decease, His tender heir might bear his memory: But thou contracted to thine own bright eyes, Feed’st thy light’s flame with self-substantial fuel, Making a famine where abundance lies, [Read more…]

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Nietzsche On The Morality Of Shakespearian Drama

July 19, 2012 David Hurley 0

In his fourth book, Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality, Nietzsche seeks to unmask the fictions and delusions of European values and of European morality in particular. The book was written up from a series of notebooks that he worked on when out walking. It is divided into 575 [Read more…]

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Did William Shakespeare Visit Hamlet’s Castle?

September 3, 2010 David Hurley 0

The town of Elsinore on the East coast of Denmark attracts thousands of visitors every year. Their destination is Kronberg Castle, or “Hamlet’s Castle” as it has come to be known. The castle was built by King Eric VII in the early fifteenth century. Its purpose was to command the [Read more…]

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What Made Othello Think That Cassio Was Dead?

May 24, 2010 David Hurley 0

Almost every time I have a question about the plot of a Shakespeare play, I find that William Shakespeare had it covered. For example, when Othello confronts Desdemona with her supposed adultery she asks him to send for Cassio to “Let him confess a truth”. Othello tells her that Cassio‘s [Read more…]

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Who Will Rid Me Of This Turbulent Step-Son?

May 17, 2008 David Hurley 0

The word “turbulent” occurs only three times in Shakespeare, once in Timon of Athens, once in Pericles, and once in Hamlet, when Claudius asks Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, And can you by no drift of circumstance Get from him why he puts on this confusion, Grating so harshly all his days [Read more…]