This is going to make a lot more sense if you read Part One. I think I can only number it 1-5, but we all know it’s 6-10, right? * Another historical experience live-tweeting might allow us better to imagine is the role played the early modern repertory company. Some of the pleasure of the Marathons involves … More Ten Live Tweeting Commandments: Part Two
The Break ‘s what raises you and places you above the life you’re leaving, severed from the one you live; what hurls you forth and holds you to the light; whatever makes you into someone who’s made it, and ‘it’’s the break, and what comes afterwards. The break’s a falling-off that isn’t flight; is where … More The Break
VOD: Oggs. More poetry for you. OREGON: Right. I’ll get the wheelbarrow. — Fresh Meat. Series 4, Episode 4. On Thursday night, I went to the London launch of Magma, a poetry magazine with a rotating editorship which devotes each issue to a chosen theme. The theme of Issue 64 was ‘Risk’, and guest editors Jon … More Fresh Meat’s Poetry Problem
Judging by the songs available on YouTube, the Broadway musical Something Rotten strikes an interesting balance between propagating familiar pop-cultural myths about the early modern period and unpicking some of those assumptions through playful anachronism. The opening number, for example, welcomes us to ‘the Renaissance/Where everything is new’: far from a transitional period still processing and remaking its … More It’s hard to be the Bard – but why?
The lines of the following poem are all subheadings introducing quotes for the term ‘Love’ in an 1884 book: The Student’s Topical Shakespeare: Thirty-Seven Plays, Analyzed and Topically Arranged for the Use of Clergymen, Lawyers, Students, Etc. Love Its absurd Vows Its Avowal Desired Its bewildering Power Its bewitching Tyranny Its Conquests Its contradictory Character … More Found Poem
It’s very rare for Rev to make me laugh out loud – which might seem an unusual admission for what I’ve already described as one of my favourite comedies currently on British TV. This in itself suggests it’s worth looking more closely at how it works, and why it works so well, despite its fairly … More What Rev is doing right