A quick word or two on that Epilogue

Crazy busy today, so only a couple of quick thoughts on the Epilogue to The Tempest

EPILOGUE,

spoken by Prospero.

Now my charms are all o’erthrown,
And what strength I have ’s mine own,
Which is most faint. Now ’tis true
I must be here confined by you,
Or sent to Naples. Let me not,
Since I have my dukedom got
And pardoned the deceiver, dwell
In this bare island by your spell,
But release me from my bands
With the help of your good hands.
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please. Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant,
And my ending is despair,
Unless I be relieved by prayer,
Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself, and frees all faults.
As you from crimes would pardoned be,
Let your indulgence set me free.
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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news, for the week ending Monday, January 1st, 2018

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This Week in Shakespeare, a Shakespeare news podcast from The Bill / Shakespeare Project

This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes Hamilton in Macbeth, a bunch of Scots in London, and a face-palm for Oates. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news, for the week ending Monday, December 25th, 2017

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This week’s short holiday Shakespeare news review podcast includes some neat lil news stories, and a Titus review. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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The Tempest: Welcome to Bawdy Island… [EXPLICIT]

[EXPLICIT CONTENT, ADULT LANGUAGE AND SEXUAL IMAGERY AHEAD… SKIP IF EASILY OFFENDED.]

It’s time to check out the nudge-nudge-wink-wink of The Tempest. Now just how much is there? Well, Eric Partridge, author of Shakespeare’s Bawdy, his wonderful discussion and dictionary of the risqué in the Bard, says this play is “by far the purest of the Tragi-Comedies; [and] slightly ‘milder’ than Twelfth Night” (Shakespeare’s Bawdy, Partridge, Eric. New York: Routledge Classics, 2001; page 58). Of course, remember that Twelfth Night contains that wonderfully profane hidden-spelling joke. So there’s that.

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The Tempest speech study: Caliban, part two

OK, so yesterday, I discussed Caliban’s first major speech in The Tempest, his accusation to and about Prospero and his usurpation of Caliban’s island. There, in the scansion, I saw some very interesting parallels between Caliban and Prospero’s characterizations. Today, let’s look at another of Caliban’s big speeches, his oft-quoted “The isle is full of noises” speech from Act Three.

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The Tempest speech study: Caliban, part one

As I re-read The Tempest, I’m fascinated by Caliban. It’s such a bizarre character, one that it seems Shakespeare himself doesn’t know how to present. Not human. And yet poetical (when he isn’t planning murder, usurp, or rape). Over the course of the next few days, let’s take a look at a couple of his speeches and see what we find in characterization.

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news, for the week ending Monday, December 18th, 2017

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This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes a whole lotta reviews of a new Twelfth Night production. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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Bill Walthall (UCLA '85 English), a former high school English, Shakespeare, and Drama teacher, will read and blog about each of Shakespeare's plays, from The Comedy of Errors through The Tempest.

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