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"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."

                          Act 1, scene 4
by William Shakespeare

Text Analysis
1st Year ClassWork
Circle In The Square Professional Workshop

Welcome 1st Year
Sections 1a, 1b
Assignments and References

This page is intended for the exclusive use of students participating in the Circle In The Square Professional Workshop, in particular its 1st year students. The class is called Text Analysis.  You are welcome to peruse this section if you like, but Larry cannot answer questions, e-mails or phone calls regarding its content.  Use and discussion pertaining to these materials can only be done as part of the complete two-year program offered by the Circle In The Square Professional Workshop.
"Be the hero of your own life, not the victim."
Nora Ephron

"Never play the victim in a scene. It is uninteresting. Playwrights write about people who overcome their obstacles, who change their circumstances, who become their own hero."
Larry Gleason

TEXT ANALYSIS--WorkBook by Larry Gleason

The Whole WorkBook the whole enchilada
Download the whole document.  Print pages 1-18.  Bring pages 1-18 to class every 
week.  The other parts of the WorkBook are for you to review on your own time.  Many 
pages are devoted to your work in Shakespeare Text Class with Ed Berkeley.

The Abridged WorkBookpages 1-23

Individual Files from the WorkBook
  • Need a file extracted from the WorkBook quickly?
  • Here are the most frequently requested:

Text Cartoon #1

Text Cartoon #2

An Overview

What The Script And The Playwright Are Trying To Tell Us / The Four Examinations

Assignments and Schedules
from the WorkBook
  • Need an Assignment or Schedule quickly?
  • Here are the most frequently requested:

Text Analysis

Text Analysis Presentations Instructions

Text Analysis Presentations Schedule

Text Analysis Roundtable Instructions

Historical Timeline Assistance Absolutely BRILLIANT! World History of Everything in stunning graphics.
See also Historical Timeline Reference Book in the Colin's Office (for use in his office only).

Shakespeare and Classical Text

  • see "Classical Text" below

Technical Work For Text
from the WorkBook

Think of this section as homework.  We will not work on these specific pages in class.  However, they will be referred to and you will be expected to know what these terms mean and how they are used in examining the text.



Split Lines

Structures--If/Then Constructions

Structures--Antithesis (Compare/Contrasts)

Run-on Sentences


Classical Text

Sonnets Text Work Study Guide (Microsoft Word document)

Sonnets Text Work Study Guide (PowerPoint presentation, open speaker's notes if sound does not start)

The Sonnets (Microsoft Word document, website only)

The 154 Sonnets of William Shakespeare  (Individual sonnets, all with audio, website 

Sonnet 29

George Bernard Shaw Monologues
from the WorkBook

Shaw Monologue Instructions  

Shaw Monologues--Men  

Shaw Monologues--Women  

For more information on The Art of Rhetoric and audio definitions of Literary Devices used in good Rhetorical Speaking, go to this webpage.

The following plays by George Bernard Shaw used in Text Analysis are courtesy of Project Gutenberg. Click on links to download free e-texts from Project Gutenberg.

From Project Gutenberg:                      
Arms and the Man
Androcles and the Lion
Heartbreak House
Major Barbara
Man and Superman
Mrs. Warren's Profession
Saint Joan
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If you have a chance, take in monthly readings of Shaw's plays at Symphony Space in NYC.  Go to PROJECT SHAW for more information.
Monday May 19th, 2008. Larry joined the cast in PROJECT SHAW'S THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE. Written by George Bernard Shaw in 1896, it is a thrilling comedy that employs the unlikely backdrop of the American Revolution. Some of Shaw's most iconographic characters fill out this story of revolt: of one country against, as well as of the inexhaustible battle of the human spirit - how we choose to create and define ourselves in the face of societal expectations. In this play, we find ourselves in 1777 New Hampshire where Dick Dudgeon opens his heart to life. Along the way, everyone else goes through profound changes of discovery, hope and strength.

Mrs. Dudgeon — Ms. Mary Beth Peil*
Christopher Dudgeon — Mr. Dan Truman
Essie — Ms. Emily Young
Judith Anderson — Ms. Jennifer Ferrin**
Rev. Anthony Anderson — Mr. Charles Edwards**
Lawyer Hawkins — Mr. Howard Kissel
William Dudgeon — Mr. John Martello
Richard Dudgeon — Mr. Euan Morton***
Major Swindon — Mr. John Bolton****
The Sergeant — Mr. Larry Gleason
General Burgoyne — Mr. Edward Hibbert****

Host: Howard Kissel
Produced and directed by David Staller.

These were the shows this illustrious cast were currently performing
*Sunday In The Park With George
**The 39 Steps

Shakespearean Monologues

Looking for a Shakespearean monologue? Try here.

Shakespearean Insult Kit


To impress your friends or just for the fun of it create a Shakespearean insult by combining one word from each of the three columns below, prefaced with "Thou":

As in, "Thou dankish rump-fed pignut!"

Column 1 | Column 2 | Column 3

| artless | base-court | apple-john |
| bawdy | bat-fowling | baggage |
| beslubbering | beef-witted | barnacle |
| bootless | beetle-headed | bladder |
| churlish | boil-brained | boar-pig |
| cockered | clapper-clawed | bugbear |
| clouted | clay-brained | bum-bailey |
| craven | common-kissing | canker-blossom |
| currish | crook-pated | clack-dish |
| dankish | dismal-dreaming | clotpole |
| paunchy | ill-breeding | lout |
| pribbling | ill-nurtured | maggot-pie |
| puking | knotty-pated | malt-worm |
| puny | milk-livered | mammet |
| qualling | motley-minded | measle |
| rank | onion-eyed | minnow |
| reeky | plume-plucked | miscreant |
| spongy | rude-growing | pignut |
| surly | rump-fed | puttock |
| tottering | shard-borne | pumpion |
| unmuzzled | sheep-biting | ratsbane |
| vain | spur-galled | scut |
| venomed | swag-bellied | skainsmate |
| villainous | tardy-gaited | strumpet |
| warped | tickle-brained | varlet |
| wayward | toad-spotted | vassal |
| weedy | unchin-snouted | whey-face |
| yeasty | weather-bitten | wagtail |

Shakespearean Sources

What did Shakespeare's language sound like?
Have a sneak peak and listen here—

Major References-Shakespeare
The Actor and His Text by Cecily Berry
(companion text by Cecily Berry: Voice And The Actor)

Speak The Speech! Shakespeare's Monologues Illuminated by Rhona Silverbush and Sami 

Speaking Shakespeare by Patsy Rodenburg

Thinking Shakespeare by Barry Edelstein

Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary by Alexander Schmidt
Volume I  A-M
Volume II  N-Z
Every word defined and located, more than 50,000 quotations identified

Shakespeare's Words-A Glossary & Language Companion by David Crystal and Ben Crystal

Pronouncing Shakespeare’s Words (a guide from A to Zounds)
 by Dale F. Cole

Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Stephen Booth
Edited with analytic commentary

The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Helen Vendler
Detailed and erudite commentary

Essential Shakespeare Handbook by Leslie-Dunton Downer and Alan Riding

Shakespeare Quarterly by The Shakespeare Association of America
Periodical of essays referenced at The New York Public Library Main Branch on
42nd Street, NYC

Hopefully returning soon: The 154 Sonnets by Larry Gleason
All 154 Sonnets edited and spoken by Larry Gleason

Insight and Discussion-Books-Shakespeare

Shakespeare After All by Marjorie Garber
Shakespeare—The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom
Shakespeare Comedies by Harold Bloom
Lectures on Shakespeare by W. H. Auden
Shakespeare’s Language by Frank Kermode
Shakespeare’s Wordplay by M. M. Mahood
Shakespeare’s Kings by John Julius Norwich
On Directing Shakespeare by Ralph Berry
Players of Shakespeare by Philip Brockbank
Playing Shakespeare by John Barton
Twelfth Night—A User’s Guide by Michael Pennington
I Am Hamlet by Steven Berkoff
Shakespeare’s Players by Judith Cook
Manners and Movements in Costume Plays by Isabel Chisman and Hester E. Raven-Hart  
(may be out of print, check NYPL or Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library)
Shakespearean Tragedy (Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth) by A. C. Bradley
Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale Critical Essays edited by Kenneth Muir

Internet-Shakespeare  Ultimate Shakespeare Resource 
Guide  The complete works of William Shakespeare The First Folio and Early Quartos of 
William Shakespeare  Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be 
the best free Web site containing Shakespeare's complete works.

Other Text Sources The Drama Book Store, NYC Various free dictionaries of all types  Free e-texts Absolutely BRILLIANT! World History of Everything in stunning graphics. Bibliomania has thousands of e-books, poems, articles, 
short stories and plays all of which are absolutely free.  Rhetorical Figures in 
Sound is a compendium of  200+ brief audio (mp3) clips illustrating 40 different figures of 
speech. Most of these figures were constructed, identified, and classified by Greek and 
Roman teachers of rhetoric in the Classical period.
"Actors are constantly wanting to understand who they are and why they are behaving the way they are and to show it. The secret to this play (The Homecoming) is not to show it. It's really about putting it all together, then forgetting it because you have to play very moment-to-moment when you do Pinter."

Daniel Sullivan
Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming"

Hal Prince on theater and historical context:
"I've always believed that to make a career in the theater, or perhaps even to have genuine appreciation of what separates the theater from the other media, is to have a grasp of its history. It's a sad fact that so many of our most famous playwrights are unknown to young people who pursue theatrical careers. It seems impossible that the mention of Sidney Kingsley or Elmer Rice or Robert Sherwood (four Pulitzer Prizes!) can be met with blank stares. Not only should these authors be known and their plays be read..."
NY Daily News

"Whenever an actor gets into trouble in a scene, I tell a dirty joke. Dirty jokes have a beginning, middle and end -- a perfect storytelling device."

Alfred Hitchcock

HYPATIA. ....I dont want to be good; and I dont want to be bad: I just dont want to be bothered about either good or bad: I want to be an active verb.

"Misalliance" By George Bernard Shaw

"The lesson we have to learn is that our dislike for certain persons does not give us any right to injure our fellow creatures. The social rule must be: 'Live and let live.' "

-- George Bernard Shaw and an example of sententia, a rhetorical device.

Liev Scheiber on preparing for MACBETH:
"With Shakespeare, generally, because it's so text-oriented, you have to start with the text. For me, character just kind of springs out of that."


Said of Voice Coach Patsy Rodenburg: "Patsy's interest is not academic. She will illuminate the text in human terms so that the relations make absolute sense…straight to the heart of what the play's about."
Ms Rodenburg says: "It's a small price to pay for actors to be guided by language and to trust the words, to walk into the text and to let the text change them."

The New York TIMES

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