Tag Archives: William Shakespeare

Shakespeare in the Courtroom

A Georgia judge is guided by Shakespeare and sometimes cites the Bard in his rulings.

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Top 10 Hellish Child-Parent Relationships

Top 10 Literary Parent-Child Relationships from Hell.

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Top 10 Parent-Child Classics (Positive)

A top ten list of classics with positive depictions of parent-child relationships.

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New Grandchild Born under a Dancing Star

To celebrate the birth of my new granddaughter, I turn to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare.

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Fantasy Provides Aid for Life’s Storms

As a child who grew up immersed in fantasy fiction, I knew, as deeply as I knew anything, that these books put me in touch with something that was deep and true. As I grew up, of course, I learned that I had to move beyond fantasy just as I had to move beyond childhood. […]

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Using Lit to Predict the Weather

Last week, while discussing “The Tempest,” we experienced a literal tempest. Expect cold temperatures today as I’m teaching “Eve of St. Agnes.”

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Prospero’s Magic, a Model for Fantasy Lit

“The Tempest” fits magically into a fantasy course.

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The Skater below the Ice

This wonderful Dacey poem about skating captures the other self we feel is just beyond the horizon–or beneath the ice.

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The World’s a Stage–Choose Your Part

In his senior project, one of my students uses literature to examine life and literature to engage with it.

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Is Peyton Manning Pitted against Puck?

Tomorrow’s Super Bowl drama may be forces of order vs. forces of chaos. Or it may involve Denver trying to outwit a trickster Puck-like team.

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Lit Helps Father Support a Sick Child

Jason Blake found himself playing literary roles when his daughter underwent major surgery.

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Fighting Lit’s Culture Wars Again?!

A recent Wall Street Journal column is attempting to revive the 1990s culture wars over literature.

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Sad Christie Knows Nothing

Chris Christie has resorting to plausible deniability such as that discussed in Shakespeare’s “Richard II” and “Antony and Cleopatra.”

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The Bard as Couples Counselor

Shakespeare charts the way to new kinds of relationships in his cross-dressing comedies.

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Mandela Inspired the World

An Elizabeth Alexander poem to remember Nelson Mandela and a past post on how he turned to Shakespeare in prison.

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Haiyan, Climate Change Denial, & Lear

“King Lear” gives us language to describe Typhoon Haiyan and also a framework to understand climate change denialism.

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My Father Moved through Dooms of Love

At my father’s memorial service, we read poems by e.e. cummings, Shakespeare, Jacques Prévert, and my father himself.

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Disaster Ahead, No More Fantasizing

Can the Tea Party move beyond fantasies and deal with the world as it really is? Shakespeare and Yeats weigh in.

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A Plague on BOTH Houses? No, Only One

“A plague on both your houses” doesn’t work for Mercutio or for citizens today.

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Government Shutdown? Call in the Bard

Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” offers a wish fulfillment that we can apply to the government shutdown.

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Beagles, a Wellspring of Poetry

Two dogs we were keeping recently ran off, triggering a flood of anxiety and poetry.

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Lit’s 10 Strongest Female Characters

Who are literature’s ten strongest female characters? Here’s my list.

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Use the Force, Luke–of Shakespeare

Ian Doescher’s new book imagining “Star Wars” as Shakespeare would have written it is very, very clever.

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Lit Unlocks Cultural & Linguistic Barriers

Teaching abridged classics to students with limited English, this graduate instructor discovered that much more came through than she expected.

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Shakespeare for Psychologists

Comic relief: one-liners about what Shakespeare’s plays say about you.

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The Bard Captures Old Age Perfectly

Since starting to care for aging parents, I’ve become very impressed with Shakespeare’s “the world’s a stage” speech.

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V-E Day, Whitman, and My 15 Minutes

My 15 minutes: during Slovenia’s 1995 V-E Day celebration I read Walt Whitman to a national television audience.

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Faced with Bombs, Be Brutus, Not the Mob

To politicians who make irresponsible claims after an incident like the Boston Marathon bombing, Shakespeare has a warning and a model to follow.

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Poetic Excuses for Losing at Tennis

Between the motion and the act of my tennis game falls the shadow. Translation: too much thinking.

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Pope Retires but Keeps Perks? Hmm

Some of Pope Benedict’s retirement demands sound like King Lear’s.

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How Do You Like Love? All Ways

Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” is the perfect play for Valentine’s Day.

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