British Literature: The English Renaissance
The English Renaissance was a period of literary rediscovery in Britain from the late 1400s to 1660. It includes the Tudor, Elizabethan, and Edwardian eras of monarchs and saw the rise of Shakespeare.
Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
In these excerpts, the star-crossed lovers lament the family names that made them mortal enemies.
Sonnet 18 is also known as, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
Death Be Not Proud
In this famous poem, Donne uses a defiant tone to confront Death.
'To Be Or Not To Be' Soliloquy
In this famous soliloquy, Hamlet contemplates suicide and discusses why men are moved to inaction.
No Man Is An Island
A speaker explains the interconnectedness of all humankind.
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II
In these excerpts, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar reaches its climax as the conspiracy to remove him from power succeeds.
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
This carpe diem poem encourages readers to “gather ye rosebuds while ye may.”
Excerpt from The Tempest
The sorcerer Prosper threatens one of the inhabitants of the island, Caliban, to do his bidding.
“Frailty, Thy Name is Woman!”
In a soliloquy, Hamlet expresses his rage towards his mother due to recent choices she has made.
Shakespeare's Other World
Kim Zarins discusses the otherworldly creatures of William Shakespeare's plays The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The Lure of Shakespeare
Robert W. Butler
Robert W. Butler discusses William Shakespeare’s success as a playwright.
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act I, Scene II
In this excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius discuss Caesar’s abilities as a leader.
Shakespeare: Who Was The Bard?
Mia Hodorovich discusses theories that question the true authorship of William Shakespeare’s works.