Some poems.

Apr. 3rd, 2009 11:51 am
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Hullo, all. Big, BIG Harry Monmouth buff at your service (nimble-footed madcap princes of Wales FTW). Wrote a couple poems 'round a half a year ago about the two Plantagenets I've been fortunate enough to portray onstage. Malheureusement, they're in French. As there seems to be a correlation between interest in Shakespeare and interest in languages, however, I'll post them anyway with the hopes that someone will appreciate them. Anyhow, I'm unspeakably enthused that this community even exists (props to [ profile] haradwen for referring me) and I hope to shoot the breeze with you delirious weirdos in the near future. Here's a health to the company to a boost in activity.

The Poet and the Hero ).


Feb. 19th, 2008 05:25 pm
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I just joined today, mainly because I'm taking a module at uni that's solely on Shakespeare's history place, and well, I wasn't expecting to fall head-over-heels in love with Henry IV, Part 1, which we're currently studying.

Please tell me I'm not the only girl with a massive crush on Hal. He's simply awesome :-)

Also, I'm studying English in Newcastle so all the references to Northumberland make me very very happy.
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Hello all, I'm Stacey. I'll very soon have my BA in English and I have plans to get at least a Master's and (hopefully) a Ph.D. I just can't imagine a time where I won't be studying English.

Elizabethan/Jacobian drama is one of my three favorite time periods in literature (the other two being the Romantic age and the late Victorian/Edwardian). I endlessly geek out over Shakespeare and English history and have done so for as long as I can remember--so, of course, I naturally adore the history plays. My favorite are probably Henry V (there isn't enough Henry/Kate fic out there to suit my tastes--and if there is any, point me there) and Richard II (it's not loved enough, I say). Beyond that, my favorite plays are Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing (so much Beatice and Benedick love), and Measure for Measure. I have a weakness for any Shakespeare adaptation that allows Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson to play a couple.

Oh, and I got a chance to take my first trip to England last spring. It was an English department trip, centered around Shakespeare's account of the War of the Roses. Lots of lovely Tudor sites, Stratford, Bosworth Field, etc. Needless to say, I was in heaven and can ramble on about it for ages. I also got to see Derek Jacobi onstage, but that's a different story.

Anyway, looking forward to being a geek with you guys!
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Hi! I just joined the community. My name is Eleanor, and I graduated from college last December, with a double major in History and Dramatic Literature. This fall I'll hopefully be applying to grad schools, with the eventual goal of getting a PhD in some Theatre Studies/Theatre History/Dramatic Literature type program. Of course, that depends on me figuring out where to apply, so if anyone has any insight there, it'd be welcome.

I've always loved Shakespeare (well... since I was 10 or so, but that seems like always), and given my interest in history (particularly British history) I guess it's not very surprising that I especially love the history plays. My favorite has got to be Henry IV Part 1. Aside from the fact that I love it in general, it was the first one I ever saw (an amazing production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival back when I was in high school). Ever since that production, I've had a massive crush on Hal. I also can't stand Falstaff, which means Harold Bloom thinks I have no soul ; ). Richard II is probably my second favorite, although many others are up there. Other than that, the most interesting thing about me as a Shakespeare fan is probably that I don't actually like Hamlet all that much. Especially not when compared to some of the other tragedies. Non-history plays I DO really like, however, include King Lear, The Tempest, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Winter's Tale.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to being a member of this community, and sharing in the geekery!
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... and salutations!

Just joined, groovy to be here. :)

About me? Well, just got my Master's in English with a specialty in Shakespeare. Favorite history play is Hank Cinq (aka Henry V), favorite comedy is Much Ado, favorite tragedy is Hamlet. Love Shakespeare. He's my personal deity. People think I'm quirky for liking him as much as I do, or they think I'm being all aloof and snooty for being able to understand the Bard. I ignore these people.

Carry on, I say! Let loose the Bard of Avon! :)
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Thought I'd better introduce myself, new community and all. *waves* I'm Caroline, aka [ profile] denorios. I live in the heart of England, under the steely gaze of a rather decrepit castle whose small claim to fame is that Mary Queen of Scots hated it. Rah.

I feel I should be doing a 'hello, my name is caroline and i'm a shakespeare addict' sort of schpiel. Umm, my favourite plays are Richard II, Julius Caesar and Henry V. Derek Jacobi's portrayal of Richard II in the BBC Shakespeare production is my DVD comfort blanket. Well, that and Branagh's Henry V. I love Derek Jacobi. And Kenneth Branagh. Although I will never forgive him for allowing Keanu Reeves anywhere near Shakespeare. My favourite sonnet is 29...*wibbles*

I have a poster of Shakespeare above my bed. He looks a bit dashing with that earring and the open-lace collar.
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'Nother intro post...

Hi, I'm Nora, a.k.a. After the Rain and Fretful Porpentine, and I'm a grad student at a Large State University in the U.S. (which will probably not remain very anonymous after I've made a few more posts, but let's pretend, OK?) I'm writing my dissertation on English commoners and communities in the history plays (using a rather expansive definition of "history plays" -- I think Merry Wives is going to end up in there, along with Arden of Feversham and The Shoemaker's Holiday, but I've hit most of the conventional ones too).

I'm also getting ready to teach Edward II to undergrads for the very first time, so any advice on how not to shock them over-much is most welcome.
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Brilliant idea for a community! I'm Yves from Cambridge, England, best friend of [ profile] the_alchemist. Played Richard II and Princess Katherine of France in the Great Histories Readthrough. Shakespeare and Neil Gaiman are my favourite authors. Been known to cry loudly about Shakespeare when drunk. Globe fan. My favourite Shakespearean actors are Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Juliet Stevenson and Antony Sher (and Jonny in Titus, for slightly different reasons... SOMEBODY TELL JULIE TAYMOR HE NEEDS TO PLAY RICHARD III NOW!) I'm obsessed with boy players and I'm also a Henry II/Becket shipper, if that's remotely relevant. :D:D
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Right, another introduction. :)

I'm Kavita (known online as [ profile] lareinenoire or some derivative thereof). I live in Ohio, although I spent the past year in Cambridge, working on my M.Phil.

Favourite history plays include Shakespeare's Richard III, Marlowe's Edward II, and Webster's Duchess of Malfi (yes, I know, it isn't technically a *history*, but it's certainly based on a fair bit of history, no less than any of the others). I adored the bizarrely Fascist version of Richard with Ian McKellen, but I generally adore Ian McKellen, so that's not altogether surprising. Still need to find a copy of Duchess, as not too many people seem to perform it these days. Le sigh.

That's all I can think of at the moment. But I'm quite happy to find havens for historical geekery. ::grin::
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It occurred to me that it'd be fun to have a community dedicated to the appreciation of Shakespeare's history plays, and yet such a place astonishingly did not apparently exist on LJ, so here we are. All discussion, squeeing over, parody, commentary, review, quotation, illustration, icon-making, pointless polls, or whatever pertaining the English and (though I guess the comm name doesn't really indicate it) Roman histories (if you're into that sort of thing), in text or in performance, is welcome! You can also talk about other Elizabethan history plays, if you're one of those rare strange people who reads them (they are, by and large, deliriously weird) or historians if you like, too. It's all a rich tapestry.

Also, I welcome suggestions of things to put in the interests, name the community page, and so forth. :)


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