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    "Focussing the mind on a task is call
    ed attention. It is a complex act,
    and in large measure it is a skill that can be practised and learned. Different
    kinds and powers of attention suit di
    fferent tasks; also, concurrent but
    separate continuities of attention will
    need to be kept running in separate
    channels, so that one train of reading and thought over a run of sessions will
    not blur across into another. With practice you will learn to adjust and keep
    control over attention, and maintain se
    veral distinct layers and channels at
    once. Here are a few initial suggestions. As you begin to read, size up the
    scale and genre of the work so that yo
    u are keyed into its tacit expectations,
    the kind of reader-involvement it looks for. You will often need to reconstruct
    this aspect historically, for a non-cont
    emporary work. Pay attention to the
    progressive disclosure of the work's structure and intentions. Observe the
    features of style that build up characteristic textures of language usage, idiom
    and figure and textual borrowing, an
    d observe the ways in which these
    features may also have their own internal development. Cultivate a close
    memory for specific turns of phrase, images, cadences and prosodic
    manoeuvres. But sometimes a prevailing idea may be implied only by
    multiple profiles and ambiguities, to the extent that no precisely clear view is
    ever offered; here we may have to hold on to shifting textures and nuance
    rather than simplifying reductively. "

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    'was reading a pamphlet on the gaping void for kicks'

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    Rereading henry iv 1 partly cos i like it partly to shame Corpsey

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    Rereading henry iv 1 partly cos i like it partly to shame Corpsey
    Just finished it. I want to read romeo and juliet again but i left my copy in a pub.

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    Sorry mate I've been having a mental breakdown for the last three weeks. Haven't read anything. I had just started "Rings of Saturn".

    Reading Shakespeare! I need to do it. I've read Othello, Henry IV pt 1, Macbeth and Julius Caesar in recent years. Hamlet at school. I've read some of the sonnets lately as well. But that isn't good enough, is it?

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    But as i love to say
    Make breakdown a breakthrough

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    What's your favourite/s?

    This is the sonnet (29) I've memorised:

    When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes,
    I all alone beweep my outcast state,
    And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
    And look upon myself and curse my fate,
    wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
    Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
    Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope,
    With what I most enjoy contented least;
    Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
    Haply I think on thee—and then my state,
    Like to the lark at break of day arising
    From sullen earth sings hymns at heaven's gate;
    For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings,
    That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

    I've always had a bit of a tin ear for poetry but that bit "and then my state, like to the park at break of day arising, from sullen earth sings hymns heavens gate" - is one of the few passages where I can "hear" the music of poetry as I've seen described.

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    Not a huge fan of the last two lines, though. I think the last two lines in the sonnets tend to be a bit of a letdown. Let the corrections commence!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    I had just started "Rings of Saturn".
    Ah, you're in for a treat - if an extremely melancholy one, at that. I should read some more Sebald. RoS is the only thing of his I've read, apart from Austerlitz, as part of the Dissensus Reading Club back in what now seems like the bronze age. Edit: oh, I see you wrote 'had' and not 'have'. Worth persevering with, if you're in the mood.

    Hope your, uh, brain is OK and stuff.
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    What dont you like about last two lines?

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    ive just done as you like it for the first time. i didnt know a thing about it. it's a good 'un though.

    in answer to your question
    my faves are lear, midsummer nights dream and the tempest
    but i certainly havent read them all, not even close
    i will mark the ones ive read with an x

    Comedies
    Main article: Shakespearean comedy

    The Tempest x
    Two Gentlemen of Verona
    The Merry Wives of Windsor
    Measure for Measure **
    The Comedy of Errors
    Much Ado About Nothing
    Love's Labour's Lost
    A Midsummer Night's Dream x
    The Merchant of Venice **
    As You Like It x
    The Taming of the Shrew
    All's Well That Ends Well **
    Twelfth Night
    The Winter's Tale *, **
    Pericles, Prince of Tyre *, ***
    The Two Noble Kinsmen *, ***

    so fuck all comedies then

    Histories
    Main article: Shakespearean history
    i've read a fair few of these but cant remember which are which
    King John
    Richard II
    Henry IV, Part 1
    Henry IV, Part 2
    Henry V
    Henry VI, Part 1
    Henry VI, Part 2
    Henry VI, Part 3
    Richard III
    Henry VIII

    Tragedies
    Main article: Shakespearean tragedy

    Troilus and Cressida **
    Coriolanus
    Titus Andronicus
    Romeo and Juliet x
    Timon of Athens **
    Julius Caesar x
    Macbeth x
    Hamlet x
    King Lear x
    Othello
    Antony and Cleopatra x
    Cymbeline *


    so probably about 13 or 14 all up with some major omissions like othello and the merchant of venice. shameful really but im bone idle

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    Good choices. Midsummer's tends to get a bad rep because of force-fed GCSE experiences, but when you read it as an adult, with some romance and life force under your belt, it is the most beautiful, gossamer-light weave of words ever spilt on the subjects of love and foolishness, etc. A splendid music box, a rich fantasy.

    Lear is just massive and monumental: so savage, yet so tender. And many other things too.

    I like your rating conceit. I might have a go at that tomorrow. I've read almost all of them.

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    Oh, just realised you were not rating them. But I may have a go.

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