Shakespeare's Loves: A Madness Most Discreet

92 TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

Madness or splendour? In Shakespeare's plays, different kinds of love are presented, examining the illusory and the real.He captures the love between fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, siblings, friends and lovers of both sexes. Often imitated but never equalled, Shakespeare conjures the darker side that lurks in the most dramatised of themes, as well as the comic and exasperating moments. On this course, you will read and discuss colourful scenes across many of his plays. Some will be familiar, full of exquisite poetry and recognisable quotations; others less so and not all will end happily.

Course Notes

There is no need to bring anything or even to prepare anything for this course.

Marlborough Summer School will provide you with a carefully selected anthology.

All of Shakespeare's plays include the theme of love. Can you imagine how thrilling it would be just to read and hear those passages and to appreciate the style and form in which they were written; to explore and analyse why sometimes the playwright uses verse - at others prose?

Over the course of the week, we will look at diverse scenes and passages from comedies, tragedies histories and the so-called problem plays.

The extracts to be selected will typically and obviously include Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and The Winter's Tale. But they may also emerge from The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Measure for Measure and All's Well That Ends Well. We may also look at some of the sonnets. It's a long list as at the time of preparing these notes, I am still making the selection and observe the right to deviate from it.

If there is any scene that you are struggling with or particularly love and would like to share with the group, please feel free to bring it along.

I look forward to welcoming you in the Summer.

Course Tutor

Fleur Lloyd

About Fleur

Fleur Lloyd Tutor has worked in the theatre as well as teaching both literature, drama and creative writing in schools, colleges and universities. She has taught creative writing and Literature courses at Marlborough Summer School for 17 years and in 2022, she gave a lecture on Desert Island Poems and her book "Just Write” was published. Last year her lecture was on Poetry for all Seasons.



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