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“Yet I was mortally brought forth, and am/No other than I appear.”

Pericles Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————— From Tanner: “Marina – Mistress of the Arts. This is what Gower emphasizes at the start of the last act. In her dancing, singing, learning, she is ‘like one immortal,’ ‘goddesslike’ … Continue reading

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“O, my lord,/Are you not Pericles? Like him you spake,/ Like him you are. Did you not name a tempest,/A birth and death?”

Pericles Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————————– Act Five (Scenes 20-23):  Pericles’s ship arrives at Mytilene, and – unaware of their relationship, Lysimachus sends Marina to sing for the still grief-stricken King and ease his sorrow. Pericles does … Continue reading

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“Come, I am for no more bawdy houses. Shall’s go hear the vestals sing?”

Pericles Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams Scenes 15-19 (Act Four):  Gower tells the story of Marina’s passage from girlhood to a beautiful young woman, and how Dionyza grew jealous of her charge, arranging to have the girl murdered … Continue reading

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“Where am I? Where’s my lord? What world is this?”

Pericles Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————————————— From Tanner: “Act III finds Pericles in the middle of a terrible storm at sea, and also finds Shakespeare beginning to write in his recognizably late style. Pericles gains a daughter … Continue reading

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“…nor have I time/To give thee hallowed to thy grave, but straight/Must cast thee, scarcely coffined, in the ooze…”

Pericles Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————————– Scenes 10-14:  Pericles and his pregnant wife Thaisa set sail for Tyre, but during a terrible storm (or tempest if you will), Thaisa appears to die in childbirth and the superstitious … 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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“To sing a song that old was sung,/From ashes ancient Gower is come,/Assuming man’s infirmities,/To glad your ear, and please your eyes.”

Pericles Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams  ————————————— Before returning to Pericles; a personal note.  On Sunday night, I was watching Watch What Happens Live on Bravo (Yes, I watch bad television as well as read Shakespeare).  The guests … Continue reading

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“Great king,/Few love to hear the sins they love to act.”

Pericles Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– MAIN CHARACTERS Gower, the narrator Pericles, Price of Tyre Marina, Pericles’s daughter Helicanus and Aeschines, counselors of Tyre King Antiochus of Antioch Antiochus’s Daughter Thaliart, a villain King Simonides of Pentapolis … Continue reading

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“What we need to do is to expand our notion of what ‘Shakespearean’ might mean when we use it to describe a play.”

Pericles An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ————————————— Let me start out by saying – I’ve never read this play, so I’m going to be experiencing it for the first time right along with all of you.  And…in terms of our … Continue reading

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