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More Ado About King John

July 13, 2012

“In the shadow of Shakespeare’s second tetralogy of history plays lies this neglected masterpiece. The play is cursed with the egregious reputation of being Shakespeare’s great artistic failure. Never has a work so remarkable been so consistently underrated. With its vigorous plot, immortal verse, and subtle combination of Tudor and Machiavellian theories on kingship, King John is worthy of rediscovery.”

This quote comes from the admirable website http://shakespeare-online.com, specifically from the page http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/topplays.html listing the author’s top ten of Shakespeare’s plays.

Altogether, this website is full of interesting links to all things Shakespeare, that bring you to places you’d never expect.  Check it out.

The Bard on greed:  “Thy ambition, Thou scarlet sin, robb’d this bewailing land.”   (Henry VIII 3.2.306-7, Surrey) 

On the law:  “Help, master, help! here’s a fish hangs in the net, like a poor man’s right in the law.” (Pericles, 2.1.153)

Apparently, nothing has changed in 400 years.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. July 14, 2012 12:43 pm

    David: You r so right.
    2 b or not 2 b!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2 hv or not 2 hv!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YES. The eternal ???????¿¿¿¿¿¿s And greed. YES, forever raising its ugly head. So we hv 2day more & more hv nots.

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