Monthly Archives: October 2013

“Yet I was mortally brought forth, and am/No other than I appear.”

Pericles Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————— From Tanner: “Marina – Mistress of the Arts. This is what Gower emphasizes at the start of the last act. In her dancing, singing, learning, she is ‘like one immortal,’ ‘goddesslike’ … Continue reading

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“O, my lord,/Are you not Pericles? Like him you spake,/ Like him you are. Did you not name a tempest,/A birth and death?”

Pericles Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————————– Act Five (Scenes 20-23):  Pericles’s ship arrives at Mytilene, and – unaware of their relationship, Lysimachus sends Marina to sing for the still grief-stricken King and ease his sorrow. Pericles does … Continue reading

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“Come, I am for no more bawdy houses. Shall’s go hear the vestals sing?”

Pericles Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams Scenes 15-19 (Act Four):  Gower tells the story of Marina’s passage from girlhood to a beautiful young woman, and how Dionyza grew jealous of her charge, arranging to have the girl murdered … Continue reading

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“Where am I? Where’s my lord? What world is this?”

Pericles Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————————————— From Tanner: “Act III finds Pericles in the middle of a terrible storm at sea, and also finds Shakespeare beginning to write in his recognizably late style. Pericles gains a daughter … Continue reading

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“…nor have I time/To give thee hallowed to thy grave, but straight/Must cast thee, scarcely coffined, in the ooze…”

Pericles Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————————– Scenes 10-14:  Pericles and his pregnant wife Thaisa set sail for Tyre, but during a terrible storm (or tempest if you will), Thaisa appears to die in childbirth and the superstitious … Continue reading

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“What I have been I have forgot to know.”

Pericles Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————————— To continue with G. Wilson Knight’s “The Writing of Pericles”: “The opening of Act II brings us closer than ever before to the Shakespearean tempest; we have, as it were, a … Continue reading

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“Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea./Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.”

Pericles Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————————- Scenes 5-9:  As news arrives regarding Trailart’s plot, Pericles once again leaves, but is shipwrecked in a storm. He is washed up on the shore near Pentapolis, where he is looked after by … Continue reading

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