Category Archives: Shakespeare on Sex & Gender Roles

All Shakespeare entries on sex are PG-13. They are a bit like bikinis – what they reveal is suggestive, what they conceive is vital

Shakespeare on Apologies from a Charming Woman

“Thou mak’st faults graces that to thee resort. As on the finger of a throned queen, The basest jewel will be well esteemed.” (Sonnet 96) Comment. Answer with these lines after whatever incident or occurrence that caused her to say … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Antony, the Roman Empire and the American Empire

“Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch Of the ranged empire fall! Here is my space.” (Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 1) Comment. When assessing empires it pays to compare the Roman with the American Empire. The … Continue reading

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Another St. Valentine, another Shakespearean Compliment

“The field’s chief flower, sweet above compare, Stain to all nymphs… More white and red than doves or roses are” (Venus and Adonis) As a curiosity item, here is a letter from an illustrious and historical character to his Valentine … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Original Ideas for St. Valentine

“Verona’s summer hath not such a flower” (Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 3) Comment.  According to Oscar Wilde, “Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are and that is the difference between the sexes.” Be it as it … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Love, Money and Valentine’s Day

“’t is deepest winter in Lord Timon’s purse; That is, one may reach deep enough, and yet Find little”. (Timon of Athens, act 3, sc. 4) Comment.  Admitting straitsness of means does not imply necessarily a loss in your romantic … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Eliminating the High Cost of Education

“Study is like the heaven’s glorious sun That will not be deep-search’d with saucy looks… Small have continual plodders ever won Save base authority from others’ books” (Love Labour’s Lost, act 1, sc. 1) Comment. Biron’s ambivalence about the value … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Love Quotes for him, Love Quotes for her (more to come)

“Here comes the countess: now heaven walks on earth.” (Twelfth Night, act 5, sc. 1) Comments. We must, we should, we have to change the subject of political elections. If not else, in an attempt to forget that millions of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Age and Aging Romeos

“… One that is well-nigh worn to pieces with age to show himself a young gallant.” (Merry Wives of Windsor, act 2, sc. 1) Comments.  The character of the aging Romeo has been the subject and the butt of a … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Love at First Sight, take 4

“O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, Methought she purged the air of pestilence! That instant was I turn’d into a hart; And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, E’er since pursue me.” (Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra and a Romantic Greeting Liable to Misinterpretation

“…He’s speaking now, Or murmuring ‘Where’s my serpent of old Nile?’ (Antony and Cleopatra act 1, sc. 5) Comments.  Should you greet your girlfriend or significant other with “Where is my serpent of the Nile?” – or of the Potomac, … Continue reading

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