Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Love's Labour's Lost


Love's Labour's Lost, this is a comedy play written by William Shakespeare in 1595 or 1596, it is a satire of courtly life. A King Navarre retires to the countryside with 3 of his lords, they swear off pleasure, in order to study philosophy. But, a Princess and her 3 ladies are nearby and each of the men falls for each of the women. There is not a happy ending in that all of them stay together, the play ends when the princess and her ladies are summoned back because her father has died. There are many word plays, puns, and literary allusions in this play. I actually read this play first, before I read Macbeth, and then Hamlet.
"And every jest but a word."
"Then fools you were these women to foreswear; or, keeping what is sworn, you will prove fools. For wisdom sake, a word, that all men love; or for men's sake, the authors of these women, or women's sake, by whom we men are men; "
"Folly in fools bears not so strong a note, As fool'ry bears wise, when wit doth dote: since all the power there of it doth apply, to prove, by wit, worth in simplicity."
I read the Wordsworth Classic edition of Love's Labour's Lost, complete and unabridged.

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