Monthly Archives: November 2013

“…dramatically I just love his uncompromising attitude, his imagery of ‘Bring in/The crows to peck the eagles.’”

Coriolanus Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————————————————————————- For your Thanksgiving week enjoyment, an interview with Ralph Fiennes from the book Shakespeare on Stage, talking about his 2007 stage performance.  I find it fascinating to get an actor’s take … Continue reading

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“Only that name remains. The cruelty and envy of the people,/…who have all forsook me, hath devoured the rest.”

Coriolanus Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams  —————————————————- Act Four:  Although the tribunes do nothing to hide their joy at Coriolanus’s departure, it isn’t long before rumors spread that the Volscians will take advantage of his absence and launch … Continue reading

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“…we have learned by now to ask Marxian questions about deep causes – not, this time, ‘Who creates the wealth?’ but ‘Who creates death?’ the answer is, the mother.”

Coriolanus Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————————- Let’s talk briefly about homoeroticism in Coriolanus. It seems clear, I think that the inquires about each other by Martius and Aufidius and their speculative exchange of places certainly reveals, at … Continue reading

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“I banish you…There is a world elsewhere.”

Coriolanus Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————————– Act Three:  Coriolanus is about to be invested when the tribunes gleefully and triumphantly inform him that his popularity has evaporated. Furious, he declares that the people don’t deserve him, at … Continue reading

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“Shakespeare has no illusions. To have judged the world will not result in the world being changed.”

Coriolanus Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————– To continue with the great Jan Kott, whose very political/class driven take on the play I find most interesting: “The first confrontation is provided by war. The Volscians have attacked Rome. … Continue reading

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“…from face to foot/He was a thing of blood, whose every motion/Was timed with dying cries.”

Coriolanus Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams Act Two:  At the Senate, the tribunes are thoroughly dissecting Martius’s many personal flaws, when Virgilia announces his triumphant return from war.  Coriolanus enters the city to an enormous hero’s welcome, horrifying … Continue reading

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“Indeed, this is probably the most difficult play in the canon, and it prompts one to think again about the problems it must always have set audiences and readers.”

Coriolanus Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————————————— From Garber: “Coriolanus’s powerful mother, Volumnia, clearly dominates her dutiful son, who is free and independent on the battlefield but subservient to Volumnia in all private and political concerns. In the … Continue reading

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“If the wars eat us not up, they will; and there’s all the love they bear us.”

Coriolanus Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————————— MAJOR CHARACTERS Caius Martius, later known as Coriolanus, a Roman patrician Menenius Agrippa, another patrician Titus Lartius and Cominius, generals and patricians Volumnia, Coriolanus’ mother Virgilia, Coriolanus’ wife Young Martius, Coriolanus’ … Continue reading

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“’Coriolanus’, more even than ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘Henry V,’ is Shakespeare’s political play.”

Coriolanus An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Shakespeare’s final tragedy, Coriolanus is said to be his purest expression of classical tragic form, whereby a hero meets a sudden (and brutal) reversal of fate.  It seems likely that while researching his … Continue reading

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“In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes,/For they in thee a thousand errors note;”

Shakespeare Sonnet #141 SONNET 141 In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes, For they in thee a thousand errors note; But ’tis my heart that loves what they despise, Who in despite of view is pleased to … Continue reading

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