Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

Love, death, the muse, the tangled web of attraction, and friendship are probably the most basic subjects covered in Shakespeare's sonnets. One of the most famous ones is the one numbered 18 in this collection, staring with "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day..." Most of the time I think that's the only one … Continue reading Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

#073–What Would Mister Rogers Say (or Do) If He Were Here Today?

(image from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust) I first started thinking about this a few days ago when in the midst of my very-long depression article, because I probably watched the trailer for the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? four or five times that morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwktRDG_aQ It's not playing in my neck of the woods … Continue reading #073–What Would Mister Rogers Say (or Do) If He Were Here Today?

“2 Henry IV (aka, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth”) from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

It's kind of odd how I got the gist of this one better than 1 Henry IV, and yet it just didn't feel as good. It felt a bit muted, as if Shakespeare was having fun experimenting and biding his time, but ultimately, there wasn't much cohesiveness to it. 2 Henry IV is about King … Continue reading “2 Henry IV (aka, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth”) from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare