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Henry VI by William Shakespeare
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Jul 28, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: plays, shakespeare
Read from August 01 to 04, 2011 , read count: 1

Not so much a trilogy of plays so much as an epic poem:

Richard II
Henry IV 1 and 2
Henry V
Henry VI 1, 2, and 3

are really one work. This is Shakespeare's epic; Milton isn't our only epic poet.

I read all of the above in quick succession (one play a day) except Henry V, which I'd already done. I recommend doing it that way.

Henry VI is a perfect tragic figure and yet I've never heard anyone call him one. He's an authentically great, selfless, pious man who falls because of a simple error in judgment that he makes as a result of his goodness (marrying Margaret). He's as interesting as any of Shakespeare's other epic creations, a man called to be a priest or a monk but born to be a king during a tumultuous period of history. Raises all sorts of questions about means and ends, realism and idealism. Only Shakespeare could do this.

AND, as of finishing this, I have now officially read every play and poem of William Shakespeare.

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