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 structuraTo 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 structural devices and wordplay typical of Shakespeare to the repetition and allusion that are particularly abundant in this comedy and the play s structure, with focus on the play s last scene, which is the longest in Shakespeare s work The editor finally addresses the play s dating and possible sources, its early history and performance, and the subsequent reactions to and criticism of the play This edition features five appendices that follow the text of Love s Labour s Lost They include an examination of the play s original texts, additional lines omitted in the text of this edition, and discussions of Moth s name, rhymes, and compound words in the play Also included are a preface, an index, and lists of illustrations, abbreviations, and references The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources A full commentary by one or of the play s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.
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 b

  • Title: Love's Labour's Lost
  • Author: William Shakespeare Henry R. Woudhuysen
  • ISBN: 9781904271109
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
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    William Shakespeare Henry R. Woudhuysen

    William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.

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    • BillKerwin said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      It could be argued that one of the themes of Shakespeare's plays is the glories and failures of language itself. If so, it is truer of Love's Labor's Lost than of any other play in the canon. The courtiers, both in their sparring and wooing (and it is often difficult to tell which is which) engage in so much wordplay that they confuse each other and themselves. The comic characters also engage in continual wordplay, each specific to his stock type: fustian braggadocio, pedantic latinate quibblin [...]

    • Darwin8u said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      "honorificabilitudinitatibus!"- William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's LostThe plot was a bit underwhelming but the dialogue was razor sharp. Sometimes, Shakespeare's early plays just seem like discoing dervishes in a mirror-adorned room. As a reader we are amazed, dazzled, and distracted by all that is going on, by the spinning virtuosity of Shakespeare's words, by his absolute mastery of the English language, by his dash, his deft slight-of-tongues. There just doesn't seem to be ENOUGH central na [...]

    • peiman-mir5 rezakhani said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این نمایشنامه یکی از آثار هنرمندانهٔ زنده یاد «شکسپیر» میباشد که با موضوعی جالب و شادی بخش، درس هایِ زیادی در دلِ خود جای داده است. امّا متأسفانه باعث تعجب است، چراکه به نظر میرسد که کمتر کتابخوانِ فارسی زبانی در این سایت پیدا شود که این اثر هنری را خوانده ب [...]

    • Matt said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      What I learned from this play: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 bedd 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 watch/quote [...]

    • Whitney Atkinson said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      I read Act 1 through Act 4 then definitely gave up. This is the hardest play to comprehend because the vocab was really under-explained, and I really didn't like any of the characters. I saw the play when my school did a production of it but they twisted it to have Harry Potter references, and even then it was confusing and weird. I'm just not a fan.

    • Anthony Vacca said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      Another terrific comedy from everyone's favorite Elizabethan playwright. This time Shakespeare throws a curveball that conforms to the popular conventions of stagecraft at the time (courtesy of Aristotle's list of Dramatic Do's and Don'ts in Poetics) and then confounds the typical endgame scenario for a Comedy, i.e. the obligatory pairing off of every single dude and dudette on the stage into forever happy marriages. The first four acts concern a king and his four loyal lords who make a pact to [...]

    • Mahdi Lotfabadi said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      اونقدر برام دلنشین نبود البته مترجم خودش اذعان کرده بود که کمدی‌ها باید به زبان اصلی خونده بشه و ترجمه از لطفشون کم می‌کنه نکته‌ی جالب برای من انتهای نمایشنامه بود که به نوعی می‌شه گفت تمهیدی پست مدرن به کار گرفته می‌شه و یک نوع فاصله‌گذاری برشتی و یا مرگ مؤلف پساساختاری ت [...]

    • Γιώργος Μπέλκος said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      Από τα καλύτερα έργα του συγγραφέα!! Στο έργο αυτό ο γραπτός λόγος φτάνει στα όριά του. Θεματολογικά θίγονται ζητήματα πάντα επίκαιρα για ανθρώπους που αναζητούν τα νοήματα πίσω από τα επιφαινόμενα. Η αναζήτηση της οδού της αλήθειας που κρύβεται σε αυτά τα νοήματα δεν βρίσκ [...]

    • Liz Janet said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      Three men sworn off girls, then they see hot girls. They then proceed to forget their oath. “From women's eyes this doctrine I derive:They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;They are the books, the arts, the academes,That show, contain and nourish all the world.”

    • Jaksen said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      I am currently reading all of Shakespeare's plays. This is the seventh, and most disappointing thus far.Now, this is a comedy with immense amounts of wordplay, puns, various malapropisms, etc so to fully appreciate this play, and unless one has an inordinate knowledge of early modern English - which I do not - an annotated version is the way to go. This is what I did. I also read a lot of commentary and criticism, both positive and negative. One of the best comments I found was that this play is [...]

    • Alan said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      The 2000 film of this play got me in trouble because I was laughing so loudly at Shakespeare; I was told after the film, Everybody (maybe 15 in the theater) HATES you. (Guess Americans are not s'posed to laugh at Great Drama--or poetry, either.) Arguably Shakespeare's most Shakespearean play, or interplay: the exchanges of wit, what he would have overheard at Middle Temple and among his fellow actors. Rather than the text, I'll comment on Branagh's musical version, with himself as Berowne and Di [...]

    • Zachary F. said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.-Act 5, Scene 1This is probably my favorite of the three comedies I've read so far on my chronological journey through Shakespeare's works (the other two being The Comedy of Errors and The Two Gentlemen of Verona), though it's also the densest and most challenging of the trio. The analysis I've read on this play makes a lot of its preoccupation with language, the excessiveness of the wordplay even by Shakespearean standards, and [...]

    • Ben said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      I found one! A Shakespeare play for which I care very little - dare I say, I don't like!Yet even when confronted with works which do not titillate one's fancy, I imagine one can still find things to respect or even admire within it. While this play does not stimulate me, it may stand as one of Shakespeare's best in regards to his occupation as a wordsmith. He effortlessly plays with words like many athletes juggle balls or sticks. His characters dissect words nearly to the point of voiding them [...]

    • Cindy Rollins said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      This is one of my favorite plays. I think of it as Shakespeare making fun of the educated class. In fact, I think this is Shakespeare using his massive imitation skills to make fun of them. Very fun play. Lots of word play.2017 Update: Listened to Arkangel Audio and while the production was wonderful and the voices talented, it was confusing to keep up with 4 couples of roughly the same age with just voices. Better to have the book on hand when doing this one in audio.

    • Io? said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      Parole parole parole. Che danzano vorticosamente. Parole parole parole. Che promettono illudono e si perdono nel vuoto. Parole parole parole. Siamo capaci noi uomini di seminarle al vento. E poi venitemi a dire che Shakespeare non è più attuale!Di una sola cosa sono amareggiato, ed è il fatto di non riuscir a leggerla in lingua originale (ma non mi do per vinto). Nemi D'Agostino, nella sua traduzione, ha fatto veri e propri salti mortali per rendere il più possibile i giochi di parole conten [...]

    • Melora said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      Sex jokes and pedant mockery aren't enough to carry a play, and Berowne and Rosaline may be prototypes of Benedick and Beatrice, but they've got a long way to go to reach that couple's level of complexity, sympathy, and charm. Aside from a few good speeches and clever exchanges, this was pretty dull.

    • فاطمة عبد الرحمن said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      ملك نافار وأصدقاؤه الثلاثة قطعوا عهدا علي أنفسهم أن يتخلوا عن ملذات الحياة ويتفرغوا لطلب العلم وألا تنظر أعينهم أمرأة قط ، فانظر ماذا حدث! تزوره أميرة فرنسا وصديقاتها الثلاث أيضا، تخيل! في بداية عهده ذاك، ثم يهيم الملك بحب الأميرة ويعشق أصدقاؤه الثلاث صديقاتها الثلاث يا إله [...]

    • Marple said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      يعتكف ملك نافار ( فردنند ) مع ثلاثة من المقربين منه ( براون , لونغافيل , دومين ) في قصرهم رافضين اي متعة من متع الحياة لمد ثلاث سنوات . يصومون يوما" في الاسبوع ويأكلون القليل ويمتنعون نهائيا عن النساء ويستمرون في الدراسة لطلب العلم وأقسم الملك أن لا تدخل قصره أي امراة مهما كان الس [...]

    • GoldGato said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      The King of Navarre and his travelling companions swear to stay away from the company of females and it is a rollicking ride after that. Based on true historical figures (Henri IV of France), this is one of the earliest Shakespeare comedies and one of the least performed of his plays.The first time I read this, it was a required reading (school), so as with anything 'required', I paid little heed. Later, when life provided opportunities for voluntary reading, I went back and gave it a whirl and [...]

    • Conrad said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      This edition shamefully omits the u in "Labour's." Anyway, this is my favorite Shakespeare play, for two reasons: one, it's basically one huge unbelievably well-read reminder to get out and enjoy life more, and two, it's pinched into two tonally distinct parts. The beginning involves a young king who makes an agreement with his friends that they all need to dedicate themselves to their studies, and that they will live a perfectly ascetic and chaste life until they've earned their degrees or some [...]

    • Pippi Bluestocking said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      What can I say? Shakespeare makes love with the English language in this one. One can easily spot the ingredient that ornamented William's genes and can be found in Austen's and Wilde's as well. Fashionably witty, surprisingly erudite, gently amusing. Truly stunning.

    • Ben Goodridge said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      See, now, when I talk about how teachers give short shrift to Shakespearian plays that might actually resonate with students in favor of overrated dirges like Hamlet, this is what I'm talking about.The plot's easy enough to follow. Four students, one of them the King of Navarre, have forsworn women to devote themselves to three years of academic study. The oath lasts exactly as long as it takes for the Princess of France and her royal court to show up and prove themselves as clever, witty, and i [...]

    • Brandon Alan said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      As love is full of unbefitting strains,All wanton as a child, skipping and vain,Formed by the eye and therefore, like the eye,Full of strange shapes, of habits, and of forms,Varying in subjects as the eye doth rollTo every varied object in his glance;

    • Phil said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      Another play that feels like a transition play. Really, this is slightly more than 3.5 stars, but not quite 4 stars, because while it's a huge improvement on A Comedy of Errors, it still feels like there's something missing. However, the plot is great: simple, ripe for comedy misunderstanding and pricking of pomposity. The earnest young men in the court of Navarre decide to hide away for 3 years to study philosophy: not drink, fasting, meditation, endless study and debate and above all no conta [...]

    • Vanessa Wu said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      I should probably point out before I begin this review that I have watched the Opus Arte production of it on DVD several times, with subtitles, and it is largely thanks to the skill of the actors that I have managed to understand some of it. Trystan Gravelle as Berowne and Michelle Terry as the Princess of France are particularly brilliant. By which I mean I can understand what they are saying.But all the actors and actresses are excellent. I am always moved by the two songs at the end, which ar [...]

    • Camille said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      How I wish Shakespeare was a tiny little bit easier to read for my poor french self!

    • Buse Arslan said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      Yine devamı bulunamayan sevdiğim bir eserle karşı karşıyayım. Kısa bir şekilde anlatmak gerekirse bir kadınla beraber olmamaya bir süre yemin eden kral ve elçilerinin şehre gelen prenses ve yardımcıları arasındaki ilişkileri, tatlı oyunları anlatıyor. Olayların iki gün içerisinde gerçekleştiğini önsözde fark ettim bu nedenle biraz şaşkınım. İki hafta gibi bir sürede geçtiğini düşünüyordum. Kafamda bu büyük ayrıntıyı görmezden geleceğim.

    • Kailey (BooksforMKs) said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      This play is all froth and silliness! King Ferdinand and three lords of his court have vowed to study for three years, fasting, barely sleeping, and not keeping company with any women, in order to devote themselves exclusively to the pursuit of knowledge. But the Princess of France throws their plans and their vows into confusion when she arrives with the ladies of her court, seeking audience with the King on some political matters. King Ferdinand immediately falls in love with the Princess, and [...]

    • Ahmed said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      من مسرحيات المرحلة الأولى في حياة شكسبير ومن أوائلها، وهناك كثير من التكلّف في الحوار، التكلّف الكثير جدًا، وأشير بشكل أعمى إلى الترجمة بالتأكيد التي ساعدت على إبراز ذلك، فهذه مسرحية شعرية بكل لفتاتها، أقصد أن المعاني الشعرية غلبت الأحداث كثيرًا وبسطت سيطرتها على الخشبة، [...]

    • Paul said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:17 AM

      It is Shakespeare, so it was meant to be seen and heard, not read. That said, I have enjoyed reading Othello, Much Ado about Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, etc. This one is a struggle. It has great lines and NO plot worth following. It is one Shakespearean gag after another and of course, that means each line is excellently crafted, smart, and (with annotation read first) very funny. But I could not finish it. It was boring with a childish plot and there is a reason you don't see this one perform [...]

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