The Taming of the Shrew
Can a man tame an ill-tempered woman? Petruchio thinks he is up to the task in The Taming of the Shrew. William Shakespeare (1564 ż 1616) is the most influential writer in English history. Shakespeare has been called The Barb of Avon and Englandżs national poet. There are 2 narrative poems, 154 sonnets and 38 plays in his collected works. He began work as an actor and writer in London first writing comedies and historic plays. He later wrote tragedies. Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth and Othello are some of his more famous plays. The Taming of the Shrew was an early comedy. The play begins with a drunken man who is deceived into thinking he is a nobleman. He then watches this play in which the noble Petruchio married an outspoken ill-tempered woman. Katherine is eventually tamed to the will be Petruchio. The play has been adapted into opera, stage plays and screen plays. Cole Porterżs play Kiss Me Kate is one instance
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Page 23 - s be no stoics, nor no stocks, I pray ; Or so devote to Aristotle's checks, As Ovid be an outcast quite abjur'd : Balk" logic with acquaintance that you have, And practise rhetoric in your common talk : Music and poesy use to quicken you ; The mathematics, and the metaphysics, Fall to them, as you find your stomach serves you: No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en ; — In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
Page 139 - tis the mind that makes the body rich ; And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, So honour peereth in the meanest habit. Whatf is the jay more precious than the lark, Because his feathers are more beautiful ? Or- is the adder better than the eel, Because his painted skin contents the eye ? O, no, good Kate ; neither art thou the worse For this poor furniture, and mean array.