A line-by-line translation

Love's Labor's Lost

Love's Labor's Lost Translation Table of Contents

In Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labor’s Lost, King Ferdinand of Navarre and his three loyal friends--the Lords Berowne, Longueville, and Dumaine--decide to retreat from the world to study and fast, foregoing the company of women. However, the Princess of France, and her ladies Rosaline, Maria, and Katherine arrive on political business. Letters are exchanged, hijinks ensue, and the King and lords who said they’d give up women end up falling in love with the Princess and her ladies. The Shakescleare translation of this play disentangles its complex comic plot, and illuminates some of Love’s Labor’s Lost’s most noteworthy quotes, including “Love is familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.”

Lani strange
About the Translator: Lani Strange

Lani is currently studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe. She has a BA in English and Latin Literature from the University of Warwick and worked as a Teacher of Drama for a year in between her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She has a love for all things theatrical and spends all of her free time either watching theatre or taking part in it herself.