Love's Labour's Lost
To begin the introduction, the editor discusses the link between Love’s Labour’s Lost and the writings of Sir Philip Sidney, the simple plot and its inconclusive ending, the relationship in the play between words and the things which they signify, and the play’s concern with the court. The following sections of the introduction examine the play’s style, from the structura
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
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
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
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
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
But I liked this one! The first few acts take up the first half of it, then the last act is literally about 45 percent of the play. I had wanted to wait to get an annotated copy, but once I began...more
What develops between the King and his companions is fun enough. They...more
"Love's Labors Lost" is essentially a romantic comedy. The King of Navarre and his courtiers pledge to dedicate themselves to study for the next three years and forsake all women... of course a bevy of beauti...more
"Lend me the flourish of all gentle tongues -
Fie, painted rhetoric! O, she needs it not,
To things of sale a seller's praise belongs:
She passes praise, then praise too short doth blot.
A withered hermit, fivescore winters worn,
Might shake off fifty, looking in her eye.
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
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
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
Love's Labour's Lost also strongly and often reiterates themes from Shakespeare's poetry,...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