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review 2018-02-03 09:38
The Oxford Shakespeare, William Shakespeare (and his collaborators)
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

It was fitting to end with Shakespeare's Epitaph on Himself, right?

 

I feel kinda weird; I started on my 18th Birthday but only made a serious push to get the job done much more recently. It's occupied the last couple of years, roughly, to make a concerted push to finish. And now I'm done. Weird.

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review 2018-02-03 09:29
Sonnets & Poems, Shakespeare
The Complete Sonnets and Poems - William Shakespeare,Colin Burrow

Excluding the two major narrative poems:

 

Snooze. It's not bad, just boring. These days only two kinds of people genuinely like these; those who can cope with Love and the Moon poetry, which, thematically, has been losing ground on my attention since I became an adult and those who are obsessed with Shakespeare's life, biographical and/or psychological, who were satirised up to the eyeballs by Oscar Wilde. I don't have that obsession.

 

The best part is the epitaphs, which are at least witty.

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text 2018-01-31 17:57
Reading progress update: I've read 1310 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

I finished all the plays!
I have circa three pages of short lyric poetry to read and then I'm done!
One more review to come: Sonnets, a Lover's Complaint and "Various Poems."

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review 2018-01-31 17:51
The Two Noble Kinsmen, Shakespeare & Fletcher
The Two Noble Kinsmen (Oxford World's Classics) - William Shakespeare,John Fletcher

Shakespeare's final play, a collaboration with Fletcher, is more show than substance and allegedly often stolen by the Jailer's Daughter, who plays a small but crucial role in the main plot but ends up the lead character in a bizarre and controvercial subplot that even on the page is in some ways more interesting than the main action of two knights who fall instantly in love with their enemy's sister and fall to rivalry and rancour despite being cousins and also best pals five seconds earlier... Apparently one such modern day show stealer was Imogen Stubbs, which, given what I've seen/heard her do in other contexts, I find not so much plausible as inevitable.

 

So this is typical of late Shakespeare - an insubstantial Romance, this time based on Chaucer's Knight's Tale, with a silly plot and thin characters that can probably be made into a lively stage spectacle, at least, but far distant from the works that made his name echo down over four hundred years of history.

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text 2018-01-15 17:58
Reading progress update: I've read 1304 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

A Doctor comes up with a scheme to fix the gaoler's daughter that's just about as bonkers as anything said daughter has done or said!

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