Sunday, April 10, 2011

Love's Labor's Lost Act 4, Scene 3 Part 1


now here's a scene i can at least sort of get behind! i mean, it's a little predictable, but there can be a lot of fun and humor in that. at least i could understand what was going on! so here it is:

act 4, scene 3 part 1
Berowne is in the park with a paper in his hand. he is completely love sick, wandering about aimlessly, feeling mad with love. (see quote below.) he sees the King entering, and hides from him. the King reveals that he too is lovesick, and reads a love poem he has for... (i assume the Princess?) he wonders how he can reveal his love to her when he sees Longaville entering, and hides from him. Longaville comes in moaning about his love for Maria. he feels shame and grief, and rips up the poem he is working on. he proceeds to take out and read another poem he has written for her, but then sees Dumaine entering and hides from him. Dumaine enters proclaiming Kate's beauty and wishing he could forget her. the other men agree from their hiding places. Dumaine reads his own poem, and decides to send it to Kate. if only the King and the others could be in love too! 'for none offend where all alike do dote!'

i can totally see this scene being hiLARious, with all of them in different hiding places about the stage. the predictability of the last character entering almost makes it more funny.

were Shakespeare's poems that he wrote for plays ever published elsewhere too? like was there a book of Shakespeare's poems from plays? did he put them into the plays because he was more seriously interested in being a sonneteer than a playwright? was he trying to show off his poetry skills, and used the play as a vehicle? and what came first, the play or the poems? now that i've seen how much poetry is in this, it all makes a little more sense to me. he's still pretty new to playwriting, his focus is on poetry... makes sense.

for the record, people kept telling me how awful Titus Andronicus is, but i'd pick that play over this one any day! in fact, of the 7 i've read so far, Titus would be pretty high up there. my favorite so far? Richard III. hands down! SO GOOD. then Henry 6-3, Titus, Henry 6-2, Henry 6-1, Comedy of Errors, Love's Labor's.

quote of the day:
'by heaven, i do love, and it hath taught me to rhyme and to be melancholy.'
   -Berowne; act 4, scene 3

for tomorrow: the rest of this scene!

-rebecca may

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