Monthly Archives: September 2013

“These strong Egyptian fetters I must break,/Or lose myself in dotage.”

Act One, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————————— To continue with Mark Van Doren, discussing the Mediterranean world of the play, and the fact that “There is no terror because there is so much light.” “When Iras says     The … Continue reading

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“Take, but good note, and you shall see in him/The Triple pillar of the world transform’d/Into a strumpet’s fool: behold and see.”

Antony and Cleopatra Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams  ————————– A couple of observations: 1.  G. Wilson Knight called Antony and Cleopatra “probably the subtlest and great play in Shakespeare,” adding “This is the high metaphysic of love which … Continue reading

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Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch/Of the ranged empire fall. Here is my space.”

Antony and Cleopatra Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams  ————————————- MAJOR CHARACTERS Mark Antony, a triumvir (one of three co-rulers) of Rome Octavius Caesar, triumvir Lepidus, triumvir Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and Antony’s lover Domitius Enobarbus, companion to Antony … Continue reading

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“If one were asked to select the play of Shakespeare’s that best represents all aspects of his genius and preserves the most harmonious balance among them, Antony and Cleopatra would be the inevitable choice.”

Antony and Cleopatra An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ————————————- Dramatically adventurous, richly characterized, linguistically dazzling, Antony and Cleopatra is one of the great triumphs of Shakespeare’s late career. It is, it is said, closer than anything else he wrote to … Continue reading

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