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“Give me my robe, put on my crown, I have/Immortal longings in me…”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————– From Tony Tanner: “Cleopatra is, of course, above all a great actress. She can play with Antony to beguile him; she can play at being Isis, thus anticipating her … Continue reading

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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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“I am dying, Egypt, dying; only/I here impórtune death a while, until/Of many thousand kisses the poor last/I lay upon thy lips.”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————————- Act Four:  His challenge of single combat turned down (not surprisingly) by Octavius, Antony prepared for a decisive second battle. Although the omen are not promising – his soldiers … Continue reading

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“Come, Let’s have one other gaudy night!”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————— From A.C. Bradley: “The political situation and its development are simple. The story is taken up almost where it was left, years before, in Julius Caesar. There Brutus and … 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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“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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