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The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
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Jan 13, 2012

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** spoiler alert ** I'm reading this for my "Bad Shakespeare" course. It was quite bad for Shakespeare, but it was still enjoyable. The final act is such a mess. "?!" annotations scattered most of the final scene, but it became humorously ridiculous. I'd consider it a good read because I saw so many freshly planted Shakespearian seeds that fully bloom in later plays. Take, for example, the resonances with The Merchant of Venice. Cross-dressing, ring-exchanging: it all gives the reader an early glimpse into the mind of Shakespeare as he worked through these concepts.

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