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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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“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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“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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“I have full cause of weeping, but this heart/Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws/Or e’er I’ll weep. O fool, I shall go mad.”

King Lear Act Two, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————————— For my Sunday evening post, and before we dive into Act Three (perhaps the pinnacle OF the pinnacle that is King Lear), I thought we should step back a bit … Continue reading

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