The Winter's Tale

The Winter s Tale FOLGER Shakespeare Library THE WORLD S LEADING CENTER FOR SHAKESPEARE STUDIES Each edition includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conve

  • Title: The Winter's Tale
  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • FOLGER Shakespeare Library THE WORLD S LEADING CENTER FOR SHAKESPEARE STUDIES Each edition includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s languFOLGER Shakespeare Library THE WORLD S LEADING CENTER FOR SHAKESPEARE STUDIES Each edition includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books Essay by Stephen Orgel The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C is home to the world s largest collection of Shakespeare s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs.

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    1. Something for Shakespeare In The Park, maybe?“Good my Lord, be cured of this diseased opinion, and betimes, for ‘tis most dangerous.”That is the well-meant advice Camillo gives the delusional King Leontes, whose whims and flawed imagination are about to destroy his family and his kingdom. Needless to say, the all-powerful king does not listen. The drama unfolds with predictably disastrous effects, as the most powerful person is at the same time the most self-indulgent, paranoid and mentall [...]

    2. “A sad tale’s best for winter”An incredible potpourri of comedy, tragedy and fantasy that once again defies categorization. Dramatic realism comes through in the form of an obsessively jealous king, reminiscent of well-known Othello, the complex relationships between parents and children, as in King Lear or Hamlet, mystical resonance in Greek legends that contemplate sculptures turning into human beings, recalling the Christian concept of resurrection, and a lush, floral poetry that evokes [...]

    3. A masterpiece, demonstrating how grace redeems and love restores over time. This play features one of Shakespeare's most interesting psychological studies (Leontes) and two of his most charming heroines (Hermione and Perdita). Shakespeare's art has deepened to the point where he can deliberately choose an outrageously improbable denouement and present it in a way that makes his play more moving and richer symbolically than it would have been with a more probable conclusion.

    4. I decided not to do an abridged version of this play because, frankly, it's already so ridiculous that I can't improve on it. Instead, we here at Madeline Reviews Inc present a fictionalized account of an event that probably occured right before the writing of this (thankfully) little-known play. Enjoy:SCENE: a tavern in Renaissance London. CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE and BEN JONSON are sitting at the bar, already several ales into the morning. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE enters, falls down, and then gets up an [...]

    5. Image of Dench and Branagh, 2016: telegraph/content/da Reviews of audio books count, so I guess watching a play should, too. Perhaps more so, as that was the author's intended medium.I saw a stage production of The Winter's Tale a few days after finishing Jeanette Winterson's modern novelisation, The Gap of Time, which I reviewed HERE.My mother tells me I saw the play in my late teens, but I have no memory of it. My knowledge of the plot was from Winterson's summary and then her adaptation.I enj [...]

    6. The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeareعنوان: حکایت زمستان؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ماخذ اصلی این نمایشنامه حکایت عاشقانه و روستایی پیروزی زمان، اثر: رابرت گرین (1588، چاپ دوم 1607) نویسنده هم عصر شکسپیر است؛ اما تغییرات بسیاری در داستان گرین داده شده‌ است. از جمله ی این تغییرات می‌توان به: زنده نگ [...]

    7. Book ReviewI will begin this review of The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare by saying a few things to keep it in context:1. I read this play back in my junior year of college as part of my Shakespeare course. The course was 15 weeks long and held on Saturday mornings at 9am. I had no option but to take it at this time. As a junior, even though I was quite studious, I also liked to have some fun and Friday nights were a key period of fun I may or may not (no confessions here) have not quite t [...]

    8. When I read this in High School last, I believed that I loved it more than all the other Shakespeare plays combined, and it still holds a ton of charm for me now, although not quite as much as before.For one, the thief was slightly more annoying than as a charming plot device.For another, it's hard to believe that even divorce could be so reconciled. :)Granted, this is an almost magical divorce, so why not ramp up the reconciliation to wipe away the tragedy of a child's death, the loss of the ne [...]

    9. Abridged version: (inspired by Madeline's great abridged versions)Act ILEONTES, KING OF SICILY: You are my bestest friend since childhood, Polixenes!POLIXENES, KING OF BOHEMIA: You are my bestest friend too, Leontes! But it’s been 9 months and, y’know, I need to get home to my kingdom and son and all. KING LEONTES: NOOOOOO. I need you in my life! Stay, stay!QUEEN HERMIONE: I agree with my husbandNG POLIXENES: Well, shucks, fine, I’ll stay a little longerNG LEONTES: MY WIFE IS A CHEATING WH [...]

    10. “It is an heretic that makes the fire, Not she which burns in't.” - Shakespeare, The Winter's TaleIt starts out as a problem play and ends up a problematic, pastoral mess. First, I should disclose, and probably have before, that I'm not a fan of Shakespeare's plays with songs. I'd even complain about the songs in A Midsummer Nights Dream if it wasn't such a damn fine play. But my main issue with this play isn't the music, the play is just uneven. It starts off crazynuts (in a good way): a ma [...]

    11. “Exit, pursued by a bear.”Shakespeare’s most famous stage direction is perhaps the most famous, or infamous, stage direction in drama.Beyond the odd line, this is a fun, meaningful play and one of The Bard’s more unusual dramatic comedies. The story of a jealous husband falls far short of Othello, both in scale and in depth. This has moments, Hermione's soliloquy, Antigone's plea to Leontes, but also very disjointed and with a crazy ending! (and apparently geography was not an exact scie [...]

    12. bbc/programmes/b078wtnnDescription: Eve Best, Danny Sapani and Shaun Dooley star in the magical product of the Bard's later years. Treading new dramatic ground The Winter's Tale embraces tragedy, poetry, folklore, magic realism, music, comedy and the infamous stage direction "exit pursued by a bear".

    13. "Exit, pursued by a bear" is the most famous stage direction in literature. It comes here in Winter's Tale, at the end of Act III, and it's famous because it's funny. And the really funny thing is it's been a hella dark play until this moment. What happened is King Leontes has become suddenly and irrationally convinced that his wife is cheating on him (like Othello, with some Lear), so he thinks his infant daughter isn't his, so he orders her exposed in the wilderness to die, and the guy who dro [...]

    14. You might be forgiven for thinking that the most ‘fairy-tale’ like of Shakespeare’s plays is A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. I mean, there are fairies and sprites and crazy things like that running about in it. But in some ways this play is even more like a fairy-tale. The play also starts off a bit like Othello – where jealousy inspires acts of vengeance, even though the cause of the jealousy is baseless and the product of a mind fevered by suspicion. The first half of the play ends prett [...]

    15. Oh, toto bolo skvelé. Výborný príbeh, fantastický preklad. Neviem prečo som už tak dlho od Shakespearea nič nečítala.

    16. One of Shakespeare's last four, this usually gets filed under Romance in the more modern anthologies, but you could just as easily file it under fustercluck. There's an underlying logic to this bifurcated tale, but I'm not sure I buy it. It's a sharply divided tragi-comedy. The first three acts are a compressed tragedy of Leontes, who puts the insane in insanely jealous. It's hurried, and despite hints that Leontes' masculine insecurities have festered for years, the violence of his reaction to [...]

    17. This has quickly moved up to become one of my favorite Shakespeare play that I've read. It has a fairytale quality to it that I adored. And it definitely feels wintery which I loved. It has an interesting mix of tragedy and comedy, with a romantic ending, which reminds me a lot of The Tempest (another of my favorites).Very pleased to have read this one, and I can't wait to discuss it in lecture!

    18. You can see Shakespeare getting darker and darker as he ages. I would despair if I didn't know two of his best plays are still to come.One thing you do notice is that Shakespeare understands redemption. He offers it to even the worst tyrants. Not many writers are brave enough to that.

    19. Written near the very end of Shakespeare's run, this is a mature work from a mature writer. It has elements that are oddly light and somewhat comical but it's not quite a comedy. It's not a tragedy either. I think it's more a fairy tale about forgiveness late in life and magically being granted a second chance. This is wish-fulfillment from a writer who must have experienced a lot of personal pain.It's also the most heartfelt and insightful depiction of love and relationships that I've seen in t [...]

    20. "Зимова казка" Вільяма Шекспіра - гарний варіант для вивчення творчості Барда підлітками. Всяко кращий за "Гамлета". А тут така собі трохи знущальницька казочка про Тирана та його стражденну сім'ю, загублених принцес, перевдягнених принців та злодіїв, морально нестійких при [...]

    21. This is one of my favorite Shakespearean plays. It's like a fairy tale that is pagan in setting but Christian in its themes, which include guilt, repentance, redemption, resurrection, forgiveness, grace,and love. There are, in a sense, two plays here, divided by the passage of time. The first play ends with the stage note, "Exit, pursued by a bear." This time through, I listened to the audio production from my Arkangel Complete Shakespeare set. An added benefit of this audio--Ciaran Hines plays [...]

    22. A beautiful queen named Hermione, resurrection, the oracle of Delphi, a jealous husband, someone trying to do good gets eaten by a bear, royalty does not know is royalty, love wants to conquer, happy end.

    23. Not one of the Bard's best efforts15 June 2014 Some people have suggested that when it comes to very old, or even ancient literature, the fact that we still have it is testimony to the lasting quality of that work, and as such it should not be rated, or more aptly receive a low rating, because of that. Okay, I agree that this is certainly the case when it comes to a lot of the ancient literature that we have, but I also suggest that maybe some rubbish has also come down to us. Then there is also [...]

    24. Picking up tis play to read I knew absolutley nothing about it other than having heard it's name. I have to say I am glad I took a chance on the unknown because this play was truly a pleasure to read. Once I got used to the English used in it reading it became almost melodic in my head. There is no doubt Shakespeare knew how to make words dance. This play almost feels like it should be two separate plays since they are so very different in feel. The first half a tragedy and the sequel a romance. [...]

    25. I remember listening to my 12th grade english teacher explain why he didn't like the book. It has too much, he said. The romance and the lost child and the political intrigue and the clown and magic. But that's exactly why I love it: the giant jumble of everything Shakespeare loved to explore. I love the surprisingly strong and well-developed female characters. I love the story and the wild adventures that happen, but which are all grounded in an emotional story about love, family and regret. Pe [...]

    26. This is one of the more bizarre plotlines. With bizarre characters. Which don't fit together. The plot doesn't quite cobble enough for me. It's like a puzzle, where the edges of the pieces sort of lay on top of each other, instead of locking together. So you end up with Niagara Falls falling off backwards on the picture. There are some interesting statements made here, and a few scenes of good fun but if you're going to read some Shakespeare? There are many other ones to read first.

    27. "The Winter's Tale" is one of Shakespeare's most underrated works, probably because it can't be easily classified as a romance or a comedy. That's a shame, because this lush, emotionally-wrenching little play displays Shakespeare's powerful writing and fine grasp of human nature. It's just incredibly moving and exquisitely written. Polixenes, the King of Bohemia, has been visiting his pal King Leontes in Sicilia, and eventually he wants to go home. But after Queen Hermione convinces him to stay [...]

    28. This is University of Virginia’s Professor Clare Kinney’s favorite Shakespeare play, and as she described it in her final Teaching Company lecture, she was clearly moved to tears. I recall having seen it at the Chicago Shakespeare in 2002 or 2004; it was good, and I was eager to experience it once again, this time, alas, only in the reading.Act I details the dawning and development of Leontes’ baseless jealousy of his innocent wife, Hermione, and his best friend, Polixenes, a jealousy that [...]

    29. Brilliantly written in terms of wit and expression, even for Shakespeare, and that's saying something. In that capacity, it must be one of his best. If it is not as widely read, studied, or performed as several of his tragedies, it is perhaps because it is not as compelling in its themes as something like Hamlet, Lear, or Othello. It has a sort of melodramatic tone, and it is something akin to the early Greek romantic novels like Callirrhoe or An Ethiopian Tale, but with a sparser plot as is fit [...]

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