Donald R. McClarey

Films as Necromancy

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of

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Trumpspeare

  I can’t believe that I forgot that April 23 was Talk like Shakespeare Day.  Fortunately, Father Z did not:   Today, I suddenly realized, is… TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY! Yes, it is the birthday of the Bard. In the

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Insults Courtesy of the Bard

          My personal favorite:  The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon! Go here for the Shakespeare insult generator.

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Henry V, Shakespeare and Just War

Five hundred years ago Henry V and his army won an amazing victory over a French army that heavily outnumbered his.  Shakespeare in deathless language has ensured that this victory will be indeed remembered until the ending of the world.  It was

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600 Years Since Agincourt

Riding a small, grey pony – a page leading a great war-horse behind him – he rode up and down the line in front of his troops. His eve-of-battle speech struck a familiar note – he “was come into France

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Ides of March: The Noblest Roman of Them All

This was the noblest Roman of them all: All the conspirators, save only he, Did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He, only in a general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them. Mark

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The Original Klingon

Well we haven’t had a Star Trek post in a while and my Chief Geek credentials for the blog need refreshing.  The idea of the Klingons being Shakespeare fans never struck me as far fetched.  The Bard after all has

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A Solid Hollow Crown

 My crown is called content:  A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy. Words put into the mouth of King Henry VI by Shakespeare in Henry VI, Part 3 I have been greatly enjoying The Hollow Crown BBC presentation of

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597 Years Since Agincourt

We are in God’s hand, brother, not in theirs. King Henry V The anniversary of the long ago battle of Saint Crispin’s Day gives us yet another opportunity to recall the immortal “Band of Borthers Speech” that Shakespeare put into the

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Ides of March: Brutus

This was the noblest Roman of them all: All the conspirators, save only he,  Did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He, only in a general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them. Mark

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To Be Them, Or Not to Be Them

Hattip to co-blogger Darwin. I haven’t laughed so hard at something on the internet in a very long time as much as I did at this!

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Henry V, Shakespeare and Just War

In the comments to  my post last week, Henry V Times Four, which may be viewed here, and which had four versions of the immortal “band of brothers” speech, commenter Centinel posed a very interesting question to me: Mr. McClarey,

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October 25, 1415

WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here     But one ten thousand of those men in England     That do no work to-day!   KING. What’s he that wishes so?     My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;     If

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