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By William Shakespeare

For this re-creation, first released in 1971, Ted Hughes augmented his unique choice of Shakespeare's poems and dramatic speeches and fully rewrote his accompanying essay, meaning to restoration to the typical reader a lot of what, in Shakespeare, was once instinctively on hand to the viewers of his day, and to teach how Shakespeare's language unites in its sinews and substance the whole diversity of Elizabethan preoccupations, philosophical and social.

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The best of the flowers, an assortment, arranged in a blue vase. It must be summer. When they  come, it will be summer. Not late August when there is foreboding not of winter per se, but something other, a lassitude somehow connected to violence, like a slack rope around the neck of a bull. In the film, a white face rides on a cloud of black, a sort of unattached mask, and it moved slightly at odds with the cloud as if they were part of separate, independent breaths originating in the minds of their creator.

Who or what? came the answer. Don’t answer a question with another question, Alice said crossly. Why not? It isn’t right, she said, not knowing why not. A right angle, commented the Voice. A right angel? Alice couldn’t quite hear. Yes, a right angel is something that can climb a shadow. At that moment the shadows of the trees disappeared. Alice continued down the path. She said the word path aloud.  She then wondered if a path was related to pathetic. Pathos, she heard in the distance, somewhere above.

A sense of debris, nothing useful, scraps, leavings, odd dry bits, like the white mineral residuum at the bottom of a kettle, bottle caps and pits and shreds of lettuce caught in the drain. The rebuke of mild air. The rebuke of the following day. It seemed a rival course had spawned a rival destiny from countermeasures and hopscotch moves, players scattering into the woodlands and down the banks toward  the river, now breaking into chunks of ice. Beyond, blue-gray mountains spread along the haze, ancient sea beasts asleep on their rim.

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