The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale By William Shakespeare, 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
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  • The Winter's Tale By William Shakespeare, 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. William Shakespeare

      William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.

    652 thoughts on “The Winter's Tale”

    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 mentally underdeve [...]


    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 the rom [...]



    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 moving and richer symbolically than it would have been with a 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 and stumb [...]


    5. Image of Dench and Branagh, 2016 telegraph content da Reviews of audio books count, so I guess watching a play should, too Perhaps 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 enjoyed th [...]



    6. 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 turned [...]


    7. When I read this in High School last, I believed that I loved it 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 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 newborn as we [...]


    8. 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 WHOREMILLO Wait, wha [...]


    9. 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 mad jealous king s [...]


    10. 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 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 science back in the da [...]


    11. 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.


    12. 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 drops her [...]


    13. 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 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 pretty much were Othello en [...]


    14. Oh, toto bolo skvel V born pr beh, fantastick preklad Neviem pre o som u tak dlho od Shakespearea ni ne tala.


    15. One of Shakespeare s last four, this usually gets filed under Romance in the 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 an affair [...]


    16. 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


    17. 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.


    18. 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 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 the Shake [...]



    19. 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 Leontes, [...]


    20. 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.


    21. 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 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 the q [...]


    22. 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 I fee [...]


    23. 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 Perhaps T [...]


    24. This is one of the 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.


    25. 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 awhile [...]


    26. 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 threaten [...]


    27. 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 fittin [...]


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