Love's Labor's Lost
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A key to famous lines and phrases
An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
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1. It is probably not the best laid plan to entrust the delivery of an urgent piece of mail to the town goof.
2. If a woman who you are not on romantic terms with suddenly shows up at your residence for a lengthy visit(???), do not make her camp out in the backyard. Let her have the nicest bed...and change the sheets perhaps. Shakespeare didn't mention that part - i'm just extrapolating...
3. While it is great fun to hang out with a group of guys and obsessively watc...more
Di una sola cosa sono amareggiato, ed è il fatto di non riuscir a leggerla in lingua originale (ma non mi do per vinto..). Nemi D'Agostino, nella sua traduzione, ha fatto veri e propri salti mortali per rendere il più possibile i giochi di parole contenut...more
The earnest young men in the court of Navarre decide to hide away for 3 years to study philosophy: not drink, fasting, meditation, endless study and debate and above all ... no co...more
There are some really funny parts, like wh...more
That's the GOODREADS blurb for a play that had too much "repartee" for me, and as for "sparkling", well, one man's sparkling is another man's "fizzling". Seems to me Shakespeare just couldn't restrain himself in this one - he has not one man giving up wome...more
But books to love henceforth (from now);
Not ere a maid, a meal, a sow,
Will encroach their court over the next three years, which seems like a pretty tall order to me, but hey ho.
BUT ZOUNDS! The king, in haste to swear the oath,
Forgot a princess - and her ladies - indeed, both,
Were making way to him to repay debt.
Lord Berowne twigs that "of necessity" will all their oaths be crushed.
The three lords and king fall in love with the princess and three ladies. So much...more
The story involves the King of Navarre and three of his noblemen deciding to eschew the pleasures of the world in favour of a year of purely academic study. Their plans are soon thrown into disarray by the arrival of the Princess of Fra...more
Costard, Act IV, Scene II
In Shakespeare's insistingly playful, pun-tastic comedy, the king of Navarre and his three lords swear an oath to give themselves over to study and forbear the pleasures of the world for three years, including the society of women:
'The mind shall banquet, though the body pine.
Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits
Make rich the ribs, but bankrupt quite the wits.'
A noble sentiment, but badly timed, for the P...more
You get their stories of the couples. They put on a play but then the women leave and then men swear to wait a year to prove themselves to the women. But they don't tell you what happens after that.
The execution of it at Shoebox helped a lot though. I enjoyed the play after that.
Intellectual Men who will devote themselves only to studies and not be tempted by women.
The play was funny. One of the funniest Shakespeare plays,
However I did not like the theater guessing game scene and the ending
The ending was just a big disappointment.
A reverse Deus ex Machina, which was my first exposure to one.
Everything was running so smoothly and bam! it's all shit.
I was disappointed. "No!! Why did Shakespeare do this?"
But for real, this was legit funny. I didn't get a lot of the jokes because the references aren't applicable anymore, and then in order to get them you have to read a million footnotes, and we all know the death of a joke is explain...more
The key problem with this play is the Bard’s misplaced priorities. The focus is wordplay instead of plot. Whole scenes lack dramatic movement because they consist of characters recit...more
Often called one of Shakespeare's most intellectual plays, Love's Labour Lost is a witty comedy full of wordplay. The King of Navarre and his three companions swear an oath to live an austere life of academic study for three years, most notably swearing to give up the company of women. No sooner is the oath sworn than the Princess of France visits Navarre's court as an emissary from her father. She has with her three ladies in waiting. Unsurprisingly, the King and his three companions fall in lo...more
Although I read an edition without footnotes, I got a lot of the jokes (most of them being Latin puns) and it was no less obvious to me the genius that went into this. The entire play is in heroic couplets and nearly all of it is witty banter -- and not only by the men. Although I'm always he...more
Instead, Love’s Labour Lost indulges in wordplay. Stichomythic conversations flit by seemingly obtuse to the weight of puns and references burdening them. There’s no doubt that Shakespeare can be difficult to read for the modern reader but even academics acknowledge that Shakespea...more