Post Tagged with: "Shakespeare"

What Price Certainty? Four Great Playwrights on Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt: The Incredulity of St Thomas by Caravaggio

[Editor’s note: Only a few places remain in longtime Toronto Pursuits leader Gary Schoepfel’s seminar Benefit of the Doubt. If you’ve never taken part in a discussion led by Gary, you are in for a rare treat. His questions open up new ways for participants to examine their beliefs about […]

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GUEST BLOG—The Changing Fortunes of Shakespeare’s Kings by Gary Schoepfel

GUEST BLOG—The Changing Fortunes of Shakespeare’s Kings by Gary Schoepfel

The wheel of Fortune turns; I go down, demeaned; another is carried to the height; far too high up sits the king at the summit – let him beware ruin! lyrics from “O Fortuna” in the Carmina Burana  Beware “lovely rose” King Richard. Beware “Judas” Bolingbroke. Beware wayward “heir-apparent” Prince Hal. […]

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CLASSICAL TRIVIA! Lost (or Found) in Translation

CLASSICAL TRIVIA! Lost (or Found) in Translation

Every few years, there is a new, and generally assumed to be improved, translation of a major literary classic. Robert Fagles (The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid), Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov), Robert and Jean Hollander (Dante’s Divine Comedy) are just a few […]

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GUEST BLOG—Eureka! The Stratford Excursion

GUEST BLOG—Eureka! The Stratford Excursion

Eureka! The Stratford Festival Excursion  (July 17–19, 2015) You are invited to join us for the Stratford Excursion. We have limited seating available and hope you will not procrastinate. There has been an unexpected early rush and we are over 50 percent booked already. We have announced the plays on […]

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GUEST BLOG—Othello/Otello: An Honourable Murderer

GUEST BLOG—Othello/Otello: An Honourable Murderer

By Üstün Bilgen-Reinart I kiss’d thee ere I kill’d thee. No way but this— Killing myself, to die upon a kiss. (V.ii.258–59) For insights into the great mysteries of life such as the workings of love and death, many of us turn to the masterpieces of music and literature. The […]

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ANN’S MUSINGS — Why Diversity Matters to Me

“Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.” ― Carlos Fuentes A personal note about why, for Toronto Pursuits 2014, I chose to depart from our annual mashup of literature, art, music and film from around the world, but, to be honest, mostly from the […]

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CLASSICAL TRIVIA! — Battle of the Bard

CLASSICAL TRIVIA! — Battle of the Bard

We just can’t get enough Shakespeare at Classical Pursuits! In this latest blog post, Katherine Barber, founding editor-in-chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, has a lively discussion with educator and Travel Pursuits leader extraordinaire Gary Schoepfel about our February 25 email blast on words coined by Shakespeare. Katherine is the […]

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TODAY IN LITERATURE – In Praise of Nothing

I am sharing, with his permission, a thoughtful piece by friend, Larry French. Add your thoughts about whether or not nothin’s plenty for you. “Nothing,”  in terms of poetic diction, lacks lustre.  It is bereft of imagined content. A toneless first syllable, ending in the insipid fricative“th,” lifted slightly by the more […]

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