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“…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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“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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“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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