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Extra Credit Assignment Two famous garden scenes of Shakespeare are found in Richard II and The Winter's Tale. Choose one and delineate and discuss the horticultural knowledge revealed in these excerpts. Your submission should be at least one page in length, not just a short summary. Submit your assignment as an attachment. DO NOT PASTE ALL OF YOUR TEXT INTO THE SUBMISSION BOX. You can submit your term paper as an email attachment if you prefer. Send a copy to [email protected] We will acknowledge receipt of your term paper by email. You should have a backup copy of your document. Richard II, Act III, Scene IV, lines 1-107, especially 29-71. The Winter's Tale, Act IV, Scene IV, lines 55-165, especially 70-134. Richard II Synopsis Shakespeare's Richard II records the beginning of an era of political upheaval insurrection in England. Richard, an unsatisfactory head of state, is surrounded by self-seeking advisors who burdened his country with heavy taxes to support a luxurious court life. Richard's cousin, Henry Bullingbrook, a man of action, fills the void created through Richard's misrule by usurping the throne. Richard's fall from power and Bullingbrook's ascension to the throne may have been political necessities for England yet Shakespeare regards them with mixed feelings. Richard's mismanagement of England is reflected in a following garden scene in Act III, Scene IV, lines 1-107. Location: Langley. The Duke Of York's garden. Enter the Queen and two Ladies Queen What sport shall we devise here in this garden, 1 To drive away the heavy thought of care? 2 Lady Madam, we'll play at bowls. 3 Queen 'Twill make me think the world is full of rubs, 4. rubs: impediments (a term from bowling). And that my fortune rubs against the bias. 5. against the bias: i.e. unnaturally crooked. In the game of bowls, bias=the desirable swerve or curving course of a bowl in motion. Lady Madam, we'll dance. 6 Queen My legs can keep no measure in delight, 7. measure: stately dance. When my poor heart no measure keeps in grief; 8. measure: moderation. Therefore, no dancing, girl, some other sport. 9 Lady Madam, we'll tell tales. 10
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Queen Of sorrow or of joy? 11 Lady Of either, madam. 12 Queen Of neither, girl; 13 For of joy, being altogether wanting, 14. wanting: lacking. It doth remember me the more of sorrow; 15. remember: remind. Or if of grief, being altogether had, 16 It adds more sorrow to my want of joy; 17 For what I have I need not to repeat, 18 And what I want it boots not to complain. 19. boots not: does no good. Lady Madam, I'll sing. 20 Queen 'Tis well that thou hast cause, 21 But thou shouldst please me better, wouldst thou weep. 22 Lady I could weep, madam, would it do you good. 23 Queen And I could sing, would weeping do me good, 24 And never borrow any tear of thee. 25 Enter a Gardener, and two of his Men. But stay, here come the gardeners.
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