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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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“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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“The strings, my lord, are false.”

Julius Caesar Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————— Act Four:  Antony, Octavius Caesar and Lepidus have assumed the leadership of Rome.  Meanwhile, Antony and Cassius combine their forces at Sardis, but the two men quarrel when Brutus accuses Cassius of … Continue reading

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“But Brutus says he was ambitious,/And Brutus is an honourable man.”

Julius Caesar Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Three:  At the Capitol, Caesar rejects Artemidorus’s letter but instead listens to a petition requesting that the banishment of Metellus’s brother be repealed.  When he refuses, the conspirators stab him to … Continue reading

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