Richard II

William Shakespeare Anthony B. Dawson Paul Yachnin

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Richard II Written in Richard II occupies a significant place in the Shakespeare canon marking the transition from the earlier history plays dominated by civil war and stark power to a nuanced representat

  • Title: Richard II
  • Author: William Shakespeare Anthony B. Dawson Paul Yachnin
  • ISBN: 9780199602285
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written in 1595, Richard II occupies a significant place in the Shakespeare canon, marking the transition from the earlier history plays dominated by civil war and stark power to a nuanced representation of the political conflicts of England s past where character and politics are inextricably intertwined It is the first of four connected plays including 1 Henry IV,Written in 1595, Richard II occupies a significant place in the Shakespeare canon, marking the transition from the earlier history plays dominated by civil war and stark power to a nuanced representation of the political conflicts of England s past where character and politics are inextricably intertwined It is the first of four connected plays including 1 Henry IV, 2 Henry IV, and Henry V generally considered Shakespeare s finest history plays The drama of Richard II centers on the power struggle between the grandiloquent King Richard and the plain spoken, blunt Henry Bolingbroke, who is banished from Britain at the beginning of the play But when Henry s father John of Gaunt dies, Richard confiscates his property with no regard to his son s rights, and Bolingbroke returns to confront the king, who surrenders his crown and is imprisoned in Pomfret Castle, where he is soon murdered This new edition in the acclaimed Oxford Shakespeare series features a freshly edited version of the text The wide ranging introduction describes the play s historical circumstances, both the period that it dramatizes the start of the wars of the roses and the period in which it was written late Elizabethan England , and the play s political significance in its own time and our own It also focuses on the play s richly poetic language and its success over the centuries as a play for the stage Extensive explanatory notes help readers at all levels understand and appreciate the language, characters, and dramatic action and the book s lively illustrations provide a sense of the historical background and performance of the play.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      For the first time, Shakespeare creates a compelling historical protagonist who speaks naturally in a poetic voice that is distinctively his own. In his earlier works involving kings and emperors, Shakespeare imitated Marlowe's "mighty line" with some--if not complete--success (Richard III was inherently Marlovian, which helped) but in Richard II he at last found a king--a weak man but a considerable poet, with an eye for detail--whom he could animate from the inside, a king more comfortable wit [...]

    2. Bookdragon Sean on said:

      I’ve read this four times now, and I’ve seen three different versions of it too, yet one thing remains certain throughout, this can be interpreted in so many different ways. Shakespeare’s wonderful like that; he’ll write a line or a piece of verse that can be taken in so many ways, ultimately, changing the meaning of the play depending on how it is read or adapted. Indeed, Shakespeare doesn’t judge his characters. Instead he portrays them how they may have perceived themselves. To Rich [...]

    3. James on said:

      Book Review4 out of 5 stars to Richard II, a tragedy or historical account written in 1595 by William Shakespeare. Richard II is the first of a series written about the War of the Roses, a famous tug-of-war over England's throne just prior to Shakespeare's time. This is the most fascinating period of English history for me and I loved reading this play. Though Richard III is my favorite of all the kinds during this era, the circumstance surrounding Richard II's kingdom and power are quite unique [...]

    4. Bradley on said:

      I'm on a history kick, so what better way to supplement the immersion into The War Of The Roses than to dive into Shakespeare?Richard II begins the weakness of kings, where if one could be deposed, yet more can follow. Divine right be damned should we just rely on might?It's kind of funny, reading this for the second time after so many years and other historical accounts, just how propagandist this play really is. I suppose that shouldn't be a surprise, since it had only been a little over a cen [...]

    5. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Tragedy of King Richard II , William Shakespeareتاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و یکم ژوئن سال 1989 میلادیعنوان: تراژدی ریچارد دوم - نمایشنامه؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: احمد خزاعی؛ تهران، فرهنگخانه اسفار، 1367، در 249 ص، عکس، عنوان روی جلد: ریچارد دوم؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه ریچارد دوم شاه انگلستان از 1367 تا 1400 [...]

    6. Lyn on said:

      Richard II by William Shakespeare is an unexpected treat. I have read reviews that say this is a literary precursor to Hamlet and King Lear and I can see it, also semblances of Macbeth. The language is beautifully lyric, with strong speeches and excellent scenes, too many to list here. Gaunt’s England soliloquy is powerful as is several by the deposed and introspective king, and I especially liked York’s confrontation with Bolingbroke and the rebels. Richard is an extremely complex character [...]

    7. Darwin8u on said:

      "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”-- William Shakespeare, Richard II'Richard II' is a gem. It will never be my favorite, but it is fascinating and finely finished. In many ways it is William Shakespeare meets Machiavelli. Shakespeare wrote eight historical "War of the Roses" plays. They weren't written in order. It is pretty easy, if you are a Star Wars fan, to think of the plays like this. Richard II is = the Phantom Menace. Henry VI, Part 1; Henry VI, Part 2; Henry VI, Part 3; and [...]

    8. Trish on said:

      I've read Shakespeare before. Sadly, I've never seen it performed but I'm planning on changing that.Anyway, though I've read some of his plays before, I've never read one of his "Histories" until now. Since it's still History Month though and because Brad and I are doing a bit of research on The Wars of the Roses, this (and a few others) were a must-read.This play is about the titular King Richard II. And boy was he a weakling! Sorry, but there is no better way to put it. As if the times hadn't [...]

    9. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Richard II (Wars of the Roses #1), William Shakespeare, Roma Gill (Editor)King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England (ruled 1377–1399) and is the first part of a tetralogy, referred to by some scholars as the Henriad, followed by three plays concerning Richard's successors: Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2; and Henry V.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 198 [...]

    10. Kelly on said:

      This is pretty racy stuff for 1595, you guys. I would've expected as much outrage as over that Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction, but you know, for intellectual reasons. I really don't know how Shakespeare got away with performing this- this play is such stuff as justifications for censorship and treason are made on.Richard II seems like he was a very unfashionable king in 1595. He was certainly not the notion of a good king at the time- and I wouldn't assume that that was entirely a bad thing. [...]

    11. Stratos on said:

      Αλλο ένα αριστούργημα του Σαίξπηρ. Υπαρκτό και μοιραίο πρόσωπο ο Ριχάρδος ο Β΄ με του οποίου η πτώση αρχίζει στην ουσία ο γνωστός πόλεμος των Ρόδων. Ενας πόλεμος που τερματίστηκε με την άνοδο του Ερρίκου του 7ου των Τυδώρ όπου και ξεκίνησε η γνωστή δυναστεία, η οποία τερματί [...]

    12. Γιώργος Μπέλκος on said:

      «Τι κρίμα που εκείνος δεν καλλιεργούσε τον τόπο του, όπως εμείς αυτό εδώ το περιβόλι! Εμείς, μια φορά τον χρόνο, χαράζουμε προληπτικά τη φλούδα, το δέρμα των οπωροφόρων μας, μην τύχει και φουσκώσουν οι χυμοί, το αίμα τους, και σκάσουνε μες τα ίδια τους τα πλούτη -εάν ο βασιλιάς [...]

    13. Nikos Tsentemeidis on said:

      "-Μεγαλειότατε ,σ' αυτό το φέρετρο σας φέρνω το φόβο σας νεκρό - Μου είναι αδύνατον να πω ευχαριστώ. Μοιραίο το χέρι σου: έκανε τέτοια πράξη, που, σίγουρα, θα πέσει στο δικό μου το κεφάλι- Κύριέ μου, τις εντολές σας ακολούθησα πιστά.- Δεν αγαπάει το φαρμάκι όποιος το χρειάζεται -ο [...]

    14. Ted on said:

      Thus play I in one person many people,And none contented. Sometimes am I King,Then treasons make me wish myself a beggar,And so I am. Then crushing penuryPersuades me I was better when a king.Then am I kinged again.Here’s a brief chronology of the Kings of England that Shakespeare wrote about, and a few events that occurred in England during these times. Names of monarchs in bold denote Shakespeare’s plays, and the years covered (maybe) in the play.King John (1199-1216)1215 – Magna Carta12 [...]

    15. Jonathan on said:

      I memorized this as a teen and I still, after all these years, find much in it to return to:I have been studying how I may compareThis prison where I live unto the world:And for because the world is populousAnd here is not a creature but myself,I cannot do it; yet I'll hammer it out.My brain I'll prove the female to my soul,My soul the father; and these two begetA generation of still-breeding thoughts,And these same thoughts people this little world,In humours like the people of this world,For n [...]

    16. Dave Russell on said:

      Richard's death at the end of act V is nothing short of dragoleon (for an explanation of that term see here:/review/show/) Three badasses show up in Richard's cell to try and kill him but he's having none of it. He says: "Villain, thy own hand yields thy death's instrument,"["Yippy-ki-ay, motherfucker"--my paraphrase]Richard then snatches an axe from one of the mofos' hand and kills him."Go thou and fill another room in hell."["I'm Richard mothereffing Two. King Kong ain't got shit on me"]He kil [...]

    17. Alex on said:

      Richard II is one of my favorite histories, partly because the actual events surrounding Richard's fall offer plenty of drama, and partly because of its sheer beauty. Richard is eloquent to a fault - literally; he'd rather give flowery speeches than actually do anything. But what speeches! You almost forget what a moron he is.But it's the gardener's soliloquy in III.iv that's actually the prettiest, an extended rant about why he should bother weeding the garden when Richard has let pests overrun [...]

    18. Naele on said:

      تصور چیزهای خوب چیزهای بد را درد آور تر می کند.چنان غمگینم که گرچه می کوشم به هیچ نیندیشم سنگینی همین هیچ هم مرا از پای در می آورد.خیال همواره از اندوهی پیشین سرچشمه می گیرد که آن را زاده است.ای کاش بسان اندوهم بزرگ بودم.اکنون که زنده ام قلبم را لگد مال می کنند پس آنگاه که مدفون ش [...]

    19. David Sarkies on said:

      A Tragedy or a History?18 September 2011 It is difficult to determine whether Richard II is a tragedy or not. It appears that when Shakespeare first drafted the play he drafted it as a tragedy (and it is one of his earlier plays) however as his folio of plays increased, it fall among his history plays. It should be considered that not all of Shakespeare's plays fall neatly into the categories of tragedy or comedy, and this is particularly the case with his history plays (in particular Henry V). [...]

    20. Melora on said:

      I love this one. Not sure if this is my second or third reading -- GR says I read it last in Nov. 2014, but I feel like I read it last more recently -- but, again, this is a five star play for me. This time I started with Marjorie Garber's chapter on Richard, from her marvelous Shakespeare After All. Her analysis didn't provide any startling insights, but it added to my appreciation of the way Shakespeare's artistry works in this play. Anyway, I just find Richard fascinating. Sure, he's a dreadf [...]

    21. João Fernandes on said:

      Just about to see this play at the Shakespeare Globe, noticed I hadn't written a review for it. Worth every one of its five stars.

    22. Terence on said:

      Listening to Richard II, I've swung between awarding 2, 3 or 4 stars to it. Initially, the play didn't impress, and the soliloquies seemed overwrought and overlong. However, the persevering soul will find some amazing, four-star-worthy passages, the most famous perhaps being Gaunt's paean to England in Act II, scene i. Another one is found in Act III, scene iv, where a gardener laments the sorry state of the "garden" of England since its caretaker has so neglected it.It may not be as "accessible [...]

    23. Trevor on said:

      As a bit of an Irishman I guess there is a part of me that quite likes the idea of a King of England brought low (at least in part) because of his all too keen singing of ‘yo ho and off we go’ to put those rebellious Irish in their place – and that this might then lead to two centuries of civil war we now refer to as the War of the Roses. As a child of the Enlightenment (now watching that particular sun set into an ocean of fear and superstition) there really ought to be a part of me that [...]

    24. Juliette on said:

      2017 review:Every time I read this play, I like it a little bit more. I had read this as a history play — and only that — all the other times that I’ve read it; it was merely a mediocre prequel to the great Henriad. The other night, my coworker led me to start thinking of the play as a tragedy; he asked me what I thought was Richard’s tragic flaw. Really, in the end, it is difficult not to pity Richard.Instead of thinking of Richard as a power-mad despot, I started thinking of Richard as [...]

    25. Marjolein on said:

      Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes Note upfront: I'm far from being qualified to say anything smart or deep about this literary work. Therefore, I'll only discuss what I thought about it whilst reading it. Also, my review is going to be biased since two weeks prior to reading I went to a performance of Richard II in Shakespeare's Globe which was awesome.I was a little bit ashamed to admit that history lessons did not spoil this play for me. Admitted, English medieval history isn't taug [...]

    26. Xueting on said:

      Very lyrical and poetic. I saw the production by the British "The Hollow Crown" series before reading, and I can see it all vividly again as I read. This one deserves more people reading and studying it!

    27. Γιώργος on said:

      Όμως, ό,τι κι αν είμαι, ούτε εγώ, ούτε οποιοσδήποτεάνθρωπος από σάρκα και οστά ευχαριστιέται:μέχρι να ησυχάσει το είναι μας μες στην ανυπαρξία(Πράξη Ε' Σκηνή 5η).

    28. Laura on said:

      From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:Richard II was the first king to insist on being called 'Majesty' and believed in the divine right of kings. In Shakespeare's lyrical play, Richard's folly and the delusion of autocracy bring about his own downfall. When he banishes Bolingbroke and then confiscates his land and wealth despite warnings, he triggers a chain of events that lead to his overthrow and the accession of Bolingbroke as King Henry IV.This is the first recording of a Shakespeare play to be bro [...]

    29. Ярослава on said:

      Вороні якось бог послав ВВС безкоштовно виклало постановку "Ричарда ІІ" онлайн, але без субтитрів, тож перш ніж братися до перегляду, прочитала драму. У мене було дуже багато емоцій! Від білих плям розміром із штат Техас у моїй освіті є багато плюсів. Наприклад, я щиро пережи [...]

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