An “Upstart Crow?”

In act IV of Timon of Athens, Timon leaves his home in Athens while his faithful steward, and other servants lament his departure. He goes to live in a cave in the woods, collecting berries, and digging up roots in an attempt to assuage his hunger. When Timon rejects the beastliness of men nevertheless hisContinue reading An “Upstart Crow?”

Shakespeare’s Coat of Arms

As early as 1576 soon after John Shakspere’s “wool-brogging” business failed he applied for a coat of arms but was subsequently rejected as the manuscript illustrates with the words, “Non, sans droict”. Ten years later in August 1596 the young son of the actor William Shakspere was buried in Stratford-upon-Avon and within 2 months theContinue reading Shakespeare’s Coat of Arms

“Shakespeare On Deformity”

In 1623 when publishing the Shakespeare Folio, the publishers John Heminges and Henry Condell, wrote: “To the Great Variety of Readers”“Whereas before you were abus’d with diuerse stolne, and surreptitious copies, maimed, and deformed by the frauds and stealthes of iniurious impostors, that expos’d them: euen those, that are now offer’d to your view cured,Continue reading “Shakespeare On Deformity”

August, the Harvest Month

Of this time, the Roman Boethius writes: “The world with steady trust,Changes in regular seasons.Seeds that struggle out of earthKeep to pre-determined bounds.Daily the golden SunLeads with his chariot the rosy dawn,And nightly the evening starLeads out the Moon to rule the sky.The greedy surging seaIs kept to certain limitsLest our uncertain worldBe swamped withinContinue reading “August, the Harvest Month”

Gurdjieff’s Psychodynamics

G.I. Gurdjieff was alive when the new psychology and the psychoanalytic schools of Sigmund Freud and Carl, Gustav Jung were born among intellectuals in Europe; although Gurdjieff was not especially fond of the psychoanalytic method dependent on the delicate relationship between psychiatrist and client. Comparing Gurdjieff’s writing with that of Carl Jung, the writer VrasidasContinue reading “Gurdjieff’s Psychodynamics”

“Midsummer Madness”, the Month of July

Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,Who countest the steps of the Sun?-Seeking after that sweet golden climeWhere the traveller’s journey is done. Where the Youth pined away with desire,And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow:Arise from their graves and aspire,Where my Sun-flower wishes to go. (William Blake, 1794) In the British Isles counting rhymes are theContinue reading ““Midsummer Madness”, the Month of July”

The Mnemonics of Gurdjieff’s Trilogy

All & Everything or “Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson”. Meetings with Remarkable Men. The Self is Only Real, Then When I am. Much of Gurdjieff’s teaching or “philosophy” was ostensibly an oral process of transmission, but after his accident he decided rather reluctantly to delineate its essence for mankind in the form of 3 writtenContinue reading “The Mnemonics of Gurdjieff’s Trilogy”

The Month of June

The gypsy folk of times past often said that when there was no “R” in the month then it was “safe” to eat pork, how true this is has yet to be verified even by Brewers’ Phrase & Fable. However, it certainly indicates how familiar they were with the old Judaic and Muslim taboos andContinue reading “The Month of June”

Shakespeare’s “She Wolves” Part Two:

Jeanne D’Arc or Joan, the Original and Presumptuous… The second in my series of Shakespeare’s “She Wolves” I have featured Joan of Arc who was burnt at the stake in France in 1431. In his 1925 book of his play, “Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue”, the author, playwright andContinue reading “Shakespeare’s “She Wolves” Part Two:”

Shakespeare’s “She-Wolves” Part One

There has often been quoted a well-known phrase, especially when writing historical summaries or stories that “History is written by the Victors”, and yet to my understanding and experience it seems more likely that history is more often recalled and written by the male patriarchs who were on the winning side. By that I meanContinue reading “Shakespeare’s “She-Wolves” Part One”