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MacBeth. The Tempest. Written between 1610 and 1611, The Tempest is William Shakespeare's final play. (OK. If you're nitpicky, it's the last play he wrote entirely by himself.) In it, Shakespeare portrays an aging magician who has been living in exile with his young daughter on a remote island for the past twelve years. Over the course of a single day, Prospero uses his magic to whip up a tempest to shipwreck the men responsible for his banishment.

He then proceeds to dazzle and dismay the survivors (and the audience) with his art as he orchestrates his triumphant return home where he plans to retire in peace. For a lot of audiences and literary scholars, Prospero seems like a stand-in in for Shakespeare, who spent a lifetime dazzling audiences before retiring in 1611, shortly after The Tempest was completed. If Shakespeare is like Prospero, then playwriting is similar to being a lonely magician on an island. So just what does it mean to be an artist? How well did Shakespeare know history? As Shakespeare's history plays are performed in their entirety by the RSC, Shakespeare aficionado Steve Tomkins offers his own assessment of their meaning and significance.

How well did Shakespeare know history?

Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories of all, its popularity enhanced by modern revivals on film and stage. Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear and Othello are among Shakespeare's other high-profile works, fixtures on school reading lists and often being reinvented. But his history plays are less well known, although a unique staging of them by the Royal Shakespeare Company hopes to address that. Over four days, they are being performed in their entirety, in the order they were written, first in Stratford-upon-Avon and then in London. They offer an Elizabethan perspective on the Middle Ages, but is it an accurate one?

Which plays belong to Shakespeare's history cycle? The cycle starts with Richard II, followed by Henry IV parts 1 and 2. Are these all the history plays Shakespeare wrote? Not quite. It's quite long. Shakespeare Insult Kit. Shakespeare Insult Kit Combine one word from each of the three columns below, prefaced with "Thou": My additions: cullionly whoreson knave fusty malmsey-nosed blind-worm caluminous rampallian popinjay wimpled lily-livered scullian burly-boned scurvy-valiant jolt-head misbegotten brazen-faced malcontent odiferous unwash'd devil-monk poisonous bunch-back'd toad fishified leaden-footed rascal Wart-necked muddy-mettled Basket-Cockle pigeon-liver'd scale-sided.

Shakespeare Insult Kit

A Midsummer Nights Dream. Girl meets boy.

A Midsummer Nights Dream

Girl falls in love with boy. Girl loses boy when mischievous fairy sprinkles love "juice" on boy's eyelids, making him fall for another girl. Girl wins boy back (with the help of a little fairy magic). No, it's not the latest romantic comedy to hit theaters near you; it's a play that was dreamed up by William Shakespeare toward the end of the 16th century.

Open Source Shakespeare: search Shakespeare's works, read t. Absolute Shakespeare - plays, quotes, summaries, essays... -Folger Shakespeare Library. Shakespeare's plays plus a modern tran. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.