Humorous Humors: Ben Jonson's Early Comedies
The Classic English Literature Podcast
by M. G. McDonough
2w ago
Send us a Text Message. Today, I look askance at two plays by Ben Jonson, whom many see (not me, though) as the greatest English playwright bar Shakespeare: Every Man In His Humour and Every Man Out of His Humour.  These have become the paradigmatic examples of the 17th century "comedy of humours." Thank you to the Internet Archive for providing public domain recordings of The Benny Hill Show and Fawlty Towers theme songs. Support the Show. Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you listen. Thank you! Email: classicen ..read more
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The Bible in English
The Classic English Literature Podcast
by M. G. McDonough
1M ago
Send us a Text Message. Today, we take a historical survey of the Bible in English, from early partial translations and paraphrases in the 7th century through the magnificence of King James I's Authorized Version of 1611. Support the Show. Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you listen. Thank you! Email: classicenglishliterature@gmail.com Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, and YouTube. If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting it with a small donation. Click the "Support the Show" button. So grateful! Podcast Theme Music: "Rej ..read more
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More than the Dark Lady: Aemilia Lanyer's "Eve's Apology in Defense of Women"
The Classic English Literature Podcast
by M. G. McDonough
1M ago
Today we look at Aemelia Lanyer's pioneering and influential work, "Eve's Apology in Defense of Women" from 1611's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum. The Happy Writer with Marissa Meyer Authors, from debuts to bestsellers, chat about books, writing, publishing, and joy. Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Support the Show. Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you listen. Thank you! Email: classicenglishliterature@gmail.com Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, and YouTube. If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting it with a small ..read more
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Fair Youths and Dark Ladies: Shakespeare's Sonnets
The Classic English Literature Podcast
by M. G. McDonough
2M ago
For our final episode focusing on Shakespeare, we look at his sonnets, arguably the most famous collection of lyric poems in the language. Support the show Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you listen. Thank you! Email: classicenglishliterature@gmail.com Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, and YouTube. If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting it with a small donation. Click the "Support the Show" button. So grateful! Podcast Theme Music: "Rejoice" by G.F. Handel, perf. The Advent Chamber Orchestra Subcast Theme Music: "Sons ..read more
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"You taught me language": Shakespeare's The Tempest
The Classic English Literature Podcast
by M. G. McDonough
2M ago
For our (probably) final episode on Shakespeare's plays, we sail through The Tempest, a late romance which has attracted historical and psychoanalytical interpretations, but stands out for many readers as perhaps a play in which a version of Shakespeare himself appears as the protagonist.   Audio clip from The Tempest ; 2004 Naxos AudioBooks.  Taken from The Internet Archive Small Ways To Live Well from The Simple Things Get a six week suggestion box of things to note and notice this spring. Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Support the show Please like, subscr ..read more
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The Felix Culpa: George Herbert's "Easter Wings"
The Classic English Literature Podcast
by M. G. McDonough
2M ago
To mark the Easter holiday, we return to George Herbert, Jacobean poet and priest, and his most famous work, the pattern poem "Easter Wings." Here's a link to an image of the poem: https://clinicalpsychreading.blogspot.com/2016/03/easter-wings-george-herbert-15931633.html Support the show Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you listen. Thank you! Email: classicenglishliterature@gmail.com Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, and YouTube. If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting it with a small donation. Click the "Support the ..read more
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Shakespeare: The Narrative Poems
The Classic English Literature Podcast
by M. G. McDonough
3M ago
While most people know Shakespeare as a playwright, he saw himself as a poet in the quite traditional sense.  Today, we'll look at his two major narrative poems: Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. clip from "Mrs. Robinson" by Paul Simon; perf. by Simon and Garfunkel. 1968.  Taken from We Got Good at It: A Wrecking Crew Anthology 1962-1971.  The Internet Archive. Support the show Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you listen. Thank you! Email: classicenglishliterature@gmail.com Follow me on Instagram, Faceb ..read more
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Shakespeare's The Tragedy of King Lear and the Absurdity of Suffering
The Classic English Literature Podcast
by M. G. McDonough
4M ago
The Tragedy of King Lear, while considered by many as Shakespeare's greatest play, is also his most devastating.  In this episode, we consider what the has to say about the meaning of human suffering. mosaic: Exploring Jewish Issues mosaic is Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County's news magazine show, exploring Jewish... Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Support the show Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you listen. Thank you! Email: classicenglishliterature@gmail.com Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, and YouTub ..read more
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Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth: A Love Story
The Classic English Literature Podcast
by M. G. McDonough
5M ago
Is Shakespeare's darkest tragedy a cautionary tale about ambition? a bit of Jacobean mythmaking?  Or is it the portrait of a deeply committed marriage gone catastrophically wrong? With apologies for all the appalling accents . . . . Performance Clip: Macbeth with Orson Welles, Fay Bainter, and the Mercury Acting Co.  Mercury Text Records.  From the Internet Archive (archive.org) Additional Music: "The Rout of Moy" perf. Albannach.  2006.  From the Internet Archive (archive.org) Support the show Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google ..read more
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Who is There?: Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Hamlet
The Classic English Literature Podcast
by M. G. McDonough
6M ago
Shakespeare's Hamlet has not been out of production for over four centuries and its profound examination of the human condition continues to capture the hearts and minds of people the world over.  Join me in Elsinore as we think about what some have called the greatest drama in history -- perhaps even the greatest literary achievement of all time!  Margaret Atwood's "Gertrude Talks Back" can be found here: https://lucylit.weebly.com/uploads/6/1/5/6/61560063/margaret_atwoods_gertrude_talks_back.pdf Hamlet recording: Hamlet with Richard Burton and the Broadway Cast; Columbia Masterwo ..read more
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