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Measure for Measure (The World's Classics, the Oxford Shakespeare) (edition 1991)

by William Shakespeare

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Title:Measure for Measure (The World's Classics, the Oxford Shakespeare)
Authors:William Shakespeare
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (1991), Paperback, 272 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Drama, Renaissance, British, Classic, Read, 1997

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I read this play prior to going to see it enacted onstage. (And I am glad I did - for it was an unusual interpretation!). As I started reading, I wondered why this was classified as comedy, but as I read on I understood why, even notwithstanding the topic (corruption vs purity) and things like capital punishment discussed. I almost felt Shakespeare winking at me from above... Comedy it is - even though of a darker kind. And the thing is that though the old English phraseology made me at times re-read a line or two, Shakespeare's dialogue is so witty, his language is so enchanting that it didn't take away from the joy of reading. Like this, for instance: "... Lord Angelo; a man whose blood is very snow-broth..."; and, referring to an exhaustingly long explanation in conversation: "This will last out a night in Russia, when nights are longest there..."; and last but not least, the well-known phrase: "Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall" - which pretty much sums it all up. ( )
1 vote Clara53 | Feb 8, 2016 |
A heavier comedy similar to The Merchant of Venice only a bit less developed. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
A heavier comedy similar to The Merchant of Venice only a bit less developed. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
A Duke decides to test the character of one of his trusted aides, and at the same time get away from the heavy load of Dukedom. The aide decides that the law is not being enforced strictly enough and puts a man in jail, condemned to death, for getting a woman (not his wife) with child. Then he (the aide) succumbs to temptation and tries to corrupt the condemned man's sister, hiding his failure by killing the man and denying the truth of the sister's complaint. The Duke is working behind the scenes trying to right the wrongs; balancing the law, justice and mercy.

Shakespeare weaves it all so much better than I, just go read the play. ( )
  MrsLee | Oct 6, 2015 |
I am very fond of this play. I am always moved by the horror of the situation and enjoy the machinations by which the incognito Duke restores justice. I don't care much for the complaints about its supposed uneven tone, since I regard it as a "serious" drama with a little humor. ( )
  Coach_of_Alva | Nov 23, 2014 |
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Hart, H. c.main authorall editionsconfirmed
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Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
Shame to him whose cruel striking
Kill for faults of his own liking.
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.
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Features a duke who is so anxious about the decline in the moral quality of his subjects' lives that he temporarily removes himself from the government of his city-state and deputizes a member of his administration.

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