Welcome to the Shakespeare section of my site, where I will provide commentary for Shakespeare’s works, and occasionally set him in the context in which he wrote.
Please note: the commentaries are Protean. That is, my thoughts and ideas are ever changing. This is the written equivalent of turning on a camera and talking. So forgive the typos and tangents. Thank you.
While my commentaries may veer off in tangents, they are unified by a central vision. I have divided them into pre-Hamlet and post-Hamlet sections on this site, with the keystone (Hamlet) appearing in both sections. This play not only falls towards the middle of Shakespeare’s writing career, but it comes at a time of many changes for Shakespeare, theatre, and England. And furthermore, it marks a transition in his plays. The shadow of Hamlet looms over the remainder of his works, framing them in a way we do not see in the pre-Hamlet era.
Read on to learn more. And of course, comments are appreciated. Any dialogue that can be generated will be wonderful, and I am open to differing opinions. Hateful comments or trolls will be removed.