Monthly Archives: September 2013

“…young boys and girls/Are level now with men; the odds is gone,/And there is nothing left remarkable/Beneath the visiting moon.”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————————– From Tony Tanner: “As well as being a history play, Antony and Cleopatra contains within it the traces of the outlines of a morality play – for by the … Continue reading

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“I am dying, Egypt, dying; only/I here impórtune death a while, until/Of many thousand kisses the poor last/I lay upon thy lips.”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————————- Act Four:  His challenge of single combat turned down (not surprisingly) by Octavius, Antony prepared for a decisive second battle. Although the omen are not promising – his soldiers … Continue reading

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“Come, Let’s have one other gaudy night!”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————— From A.C. Bradley: “The political situation and its development are simple. The story is taken up almost where it was left, years before, in Julius Caesar. There Brutus and … Continue reading

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“Since my lord/Is Antony again, I shall be Cleopatra.”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Three:  Rome’s campaign against the Parthians has been a success, but the calm is shattered when Antony, on the way to Athens with his new wife, criticizes Caesar’s … Continue reading

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“I saw her once/Hop forty paces through the public street;/And having lost her breath, she spoke, and panted/That she did make defect perfection,/And, breathless, power breathe forth”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Two, Part Three By Dennis Abrams —————————————— From Mark Van Doren: “Once [Cleopatra] fails to see through [Antony], but that is when he is acting for men only and she does not catch the style. As … Continue reading

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“The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,/Burned on the water; the poop was beaten gold,/Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that/The winds were love-sick with them”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– From Harold  Bloom: “Antony is a man upon whom the sun is going down; his genius wanes in the presence of Octavius Caesar. A swordsman, Antony is hopelessly outclassed … Continue reading

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“Age cannot with her, nor custom stale./Her infinite variety.”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————————— Act Two:  At Pompey’s camp, the news that Caesar has assembled an army is not exactly well-received. Antony has returned.  Meanwhile, Rome’s three rulers (the triumvirate) are locked in … Continue reading

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