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William Shakespeare

The Age of Gold

                                What is here ?
    Cold ? Yellow, glittering, precious, gold ?
    Thus much of this will make black, white ; foul, fair ;
    Wrong, right; base, noble ; old, young ; coward valiant.
    What, this, you gods? Why, this
    Will lug your priests and servants from your sides,
    Pluck stout men’s pillows from below their heads.
    'I'his yellow slave
    Will knit and break religions; bless the accurs’d ;
    Make the hoar leprosy ador'd ; place thieves,
    And give them title, knee, and approbation,
    With Senators on the bench : this is it,

Book Reviews: 'The Ideology of the Text', & 'Yours For The Revolution'

Marxism and Literature

'The Ideology of the Text', by Christopher Hampton (Open University Press. £8.99)

'Yours For The Revolution', edited by John Graham (University of Nebraska Press)

Theatre Review: 'As You Like It'

'As You Like It', Aldwych Theatre, London

“Was Shakespeare a revolutionary?” is about as facile as “Was Shakespeare a petty-bourgeois reactionary?” The answer to both is that Shakespeare was far too complex a writer to be slotted into any such categories. What can be said is that there are elements in his plays which can be seen to have revolutionary implications, just as there are elements which have reactionary implications. One of the beauties of Shakespeare is that the richness of the texts enables them to be seen as a constantly shifting kaleidoscope, now showing one aspect now the other. Productions of the plays can emphasise many different points; much depends on what the individual director sees.

Film Review: 'Richard III'

An introduction to Shakespeare through the film is a direct contrast to the poverty-stricken method taught in the Secondary Modern Schools. There we were told to like him because his works are classics. Instead we learned to hate him because of the laborious memorising of long passages of meaningless verse. Consequently the majority of working-men and women are indifferent to him.

With the advent of the film, that mallet of knowledge smashes the inverted bowl of ignorance.

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