Love's Labor's Lost
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
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.
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
This reading experience certainly gave me a feeling of empathy for students who encounter one of Shakespeare's plays for the first time. I had to rely heavily on textual notes and glosses in order to unders...more
What develops between the King and his companions is fun enough. They...more
The play is about the king of Navarre and his court — four men who take a vow of celibacy for three years while they p...more
The reason tha...more
You see, as I have stated in other reviews of Shakespeare, I don't like writing about The Bard for three simple reasons: One, everyone has an opinion about him, and two, everyone knows the plots of his plays, and three, everything that can be said about him has already been said and I'm just not that...more
This play's always been considered one of Shakespeare's weaker comedies. Why? Because it rhymes. That's the whole reason. It's been maligned for centuries because its couplet structure makes deconstructionists feel all icky inside. Well, guess what? The damn thing's pretty amazing.
We start with a premise that's broad, but no more so than any of his other com...more