Much Ado About Nothing, pt. 1
Much Ado About Nothing, pt. 2
Much Ado About a Contest
Sonnet 87 ("Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing")
Romeo and Juliet, pt. 1
Will's Will The contents of Shakespeare's will are discussed, including his bequest of his "second-best bed" to his wife.
Romeo and Juliet, pt. 2 "Oh hai Mr. Shakespeare: I see what u did thar."
Romeo and Juliet in the News I know a balcony in Verona that's available for weddings.
Romeo and Juliet, pt. 3 On the meaning of "wherefore" and the slipperiness of memory.
Sonnet 5 ("Those hours, that with gentle work did frame")
Romeo and Juliet on Film
Love's Labour's Lost, pt 1
Syllabus (of sorts) List of plays covered in first and second weeks of Brush Up Your Shakespeare Month
Love's Labour's Lost, pt 2 Discussion of the poetry within the play, the battle of the sexes, the Pageant of the Nine Worthies and more
Hamlet, pt. 1 Includes a comic-strip version of the play and my very own summary
Hamlet, pt. 2 – the quoteskimming post Famous quotes abound in this play.
Hamlet, pt. 3: Who's there? Discussion of masked roles and characters who hide
Hamlet, pt. 4: The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks On Ophelia and Gertrude
Hamlet, pt. 5: Polonius is a bad guy My pet theory.
Hamlet on film
Henry V, pt. 1: A conversation with my brother
Once more into the breach: a contest
Henry V: the short version
Sonnet 98 for Poetry Friday ("From you have I been absent in the spring")
Coming soon to Brush Up Your Shakespeare Month
Graphic Novel and Manga Versions of the Bard's plays Reviews of several different graphic novels, including manga, depicting Shakespeare's plays.
Filthy Shakespeare by Pauline Kiernan A book review.
Quoteskimming – from the plays we've looked at so far
Macbeth, pt. 1 An introduction to the play's history, and superstitions about it.
Macbeth, pt. 2: The shortest version and the short version My summaries of the play.
Macbeth, pt. 3 – Let's talk about themes and motifs
Sonnet 29 ("When in disgrace with Fortune's and men's eyes"); includes a performance of the poem by Matthew Macfadyen
Macbeth on film
Twelfth Night, or What You Will – an introduction Fun facts about the play, Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night, or What You Will, in brief My summary of the play.
Twelfth Night: the Malvolio problem Thoughts Malvolio's role(s) and what he represents
Filthy Shakespeare – a punny contest Win a copy of Filthy Shakespeare
Of Shakespeare and cows M and her friend convert famous quotes of the Bard to make them bovine
Sonnet 30 ("When to the sessions of sweet silent thought")
You say Illyria, I say delirium Thoughts on Viola, Orsino, Olivia, and Feste
Twelfth Night on Film
Richard III My summary of the play.
Richard III on film
As You Like It – my favorite monologue "The Seven Ages of Man" speech, which begins "All the world's a stage . . . "
Under the Greenwood Tree A song from As You Like It.
As You Like It in short(ish) form My summary of the play.
As You Like It film versions
Othello - pt. 1: an overview A short summary of the play's action.
Othello – pt. 2: a conversation with Tessa Gratton Featuring discussion of comparisons and contrasts between Macbeth and Othello, among other things
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev My review of Lisa's forthcoming book, which is extremely Shakespeare-related
That CONTEST that thou mayest here behold The final contest of Brush Up Your Shakespeare Month
Othello – pt. 3: Iago, serving up dark and twisty since 1604 My thoughts on Iago
Sonnet 106 ("When in the chronicle of wasted time")
Sonnet 138 – My favorite Shakespeare sonnet at the moment ("When my love swears that she is made of truth")
King Lear, pt. 1 – the short form A summary of the play.
King Lear, pt. 2 – my thoughts, let me show you them Thoughts on how and why the play baffles audiences, what it means, the use of concealed identities, and the nature of Fortune.
King Lear, pt. 3 – why the play isn't necessarily sexist
A Midsummer Night's Dream, pt. 1 – the very short version Featuring a witty summary of the play by
A Midsummer Night's Dream, pt. 2 – relationship to other works A brief discussion of some of the source materials from which various plot lines in A Midsummer Night's Dream were likely derived.
Shakespeare-related books for MG and YA readers My list of Shakespeare-related books for middle-grade and young adult readers.
Can you believe it's the 30th already? Housekeeping items and thoughts on continuing Shakespeare posts in the future
A Midsummer Night's Dream, pt. 3 – "The plays' the thing" Discussion of Shakespeare's use of "the play within a play" device
A Midsummer Night's Dream, pt. 4 – Some of my favorite dialogue
Full Fathom Five by William Shakespeare One of Ariel's songs from The Tempest
Biographies of the Bard An annotated list of some of the sources I looked at this month.