Title page from The Tempest

Part of: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (The Oxford Shakespeare) The Tempest

Thought to be one of Shakespeare’s latest plays, The Tempest is haunted by magic and by images of humans at their best and their worst. Many critics read Prospero’s farewell to his books at the play’s end as conveying, in some way, the thoughts of the play’s aging author about his own theatrical career. This edition comes from the 1916 Oxford University Press edition of all of Shakespeare’s plays and poems.

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I must eat my dinner. This island’s mine, by Sycorax my mother, Which thou tak'st from me. When thou camest first, Thou strok'dst me, and mad'st much of me; wouldst give me Water with berries in’t; and teach me how To name the bigger light, and how the less, That burn by day and night: and then I…

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