Rescued by an Ancient Arrow

Duke Vincentio, the cunning “philosopher-king” of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, reassures Friar Thomas that his motives for stealing away from prying public eyes are not basely amorous: No, holy father; throw away that thought; believe not that the dribbling dart of love can pierce a complete bosom. Why I desire thee to give me secretContinue reading “Rescued by an Ancient Arrow”

The Wonderous Potency of Practice

Assume a virtue, if you have it not. For use almost can change the stamp of nature, And either curb the devil, or throw him out, With wondrous potency. Thus speaks Hamlet, in an attempt to reform the character of his mother, the compromised Queen of Denmark. Alas, Hamlet ignores his own advice. Rather thanContinue reading “The Wonderous Potency of Practice”

Missing the Middle, For the Love of Money

The middle of humanity thou never knewest, but the extremity of both ends. Apemantus to Timon As Tony Tanner notes in his Introduction to Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, the play presents us with a succession of extremes. Timon begins as a civic demigod, feasting the senators and lords of ancient Athens with an apparently bottomlessContinue reading “Missing the Middle, For the Love of Money”