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The Tempest

Written: 1611; Texts: First Folio 1623 (Comedy), no quarto editions
Source: Strachey, William (c.1567-c.1634) (dated 15.Jul.1610, printed 1625); Jourdain, Sylvester (?-1650). A Discovery of the Bermudas (1610); Jourdain, Sylvester (?-1650) The True Declaration of the Estate of Colonie in Virginia (1610)
Characters: Prospero, Ariel, Caliban, Miranda, Ferdinand, Antonio, Gonzalo, Sebastian, Alonso, Stephano
Setting: An Island Perhaps Near America
Time: Undetermined

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Town and Country

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In Cymbeline, Belarius advises his two adoptive sons to embrace the idyllic life in the country rather than the political life at court:

“O, this life
Is nobler than attending for a check;
Richer than doing nothing for a bable;
Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk:
Such gain the cap of him that makes him fine,
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Caves, Temples & Palaces

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Juliet’s biting reference to Romeo as “a gorgeous palace,” when she hears that Romeo has killed her cousin, contrasts with Romeo’s earlier reference to Juliet as “this holy shrine.” Both metaphors are echoed about fifteen years later near the end of Shakespeare’s career when Miranda in The Tempest speaks of Ferdinand in a similar figure of speech.
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Sonnets in Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare, who had begun writing his sonnets sometime in the 1590’s, decided that the form would be useful in Romeo and Juliet. In fact, he wrote four sonnets in the play. The first, spoken by a chorus, opens Act 1. The second appears in Act 1, Scene 5, and it is dialogue spoken by Romeo and Juliet.
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Good wombs have borne bad sons

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Good wombs have borne bad sons.
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Knowing I lov’d my books

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Knowing I lov’d my books, he furnish’d me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom
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Might I but through my prison once a day

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Might I but through my prison once a day
Behold this maid. All corners else o’ th’ earth
Let liberty make use of; space enough
Have I in such a prison.
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There’s nothing ill can dwell in such a temple

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There’s nothing ill can dwell in such a templeMetaphor.
If the ill spirit have so fair a houseMetaphor,
Good things will strive to dwell with’t
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Caves, Temples & Palaces

Come unto these yellow sands

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Ariel
Come unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands.
Curtsied when you have, and kissed
The wild waves whist.
Foot it featly here and there,
And sweet sprites bear
The burden. Hark, hark!
Burden dispersedly, within: Bow-wow.
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It is foul weather in us all

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It is foul weather in us all, good sir,
When you are cloudy.
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Look, he’s winding up the watch of his wit

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Look, he’s winding up the watch of his wit, by and by it will strike.
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Then wisely, good sir, weigh our sorrow

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Then wisely, good sir, weigh
Our sorrow with our comfort
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To perform an act whereof what’s past is prologue

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To perform an act
Whereof what’s past is prologue.
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He receives comfort like cold porridge

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He receives comfort like cold porridge.
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