Lectures on Dramatic Literature

Lectures on Dramatic Literature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...which demanded all the address of the most highly-gifted man. Observe Shakespeare's management. Observe the almost total absence of what is called poetical language. The most familiar phraseology, such as the commons of Rome must have been accustomed themselves to utter and to hear in their everyday transactions, in the buying and the selling of their wares: --" Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears: I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do, lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious: If it were so, it was a grievous fault; And grievously hath Caesar answered it. Here under leave of Brutus and the rest--For Brutus is an honourable man." Julius Casar, Act iv. Sc. 2. Allow me here to observe that nothing can be farther from the purpose than the sneer, the sarcastic expression, with which the lines complimentary to Brutus are generally given. Had Antony not thought highly of Brutus, it would have been his happiest policy to make his audience believe the reverse, because it was the way to conciliate them. He was addressing the friends of Brutus: there was the strongest disinclination to hear him, to overcome which, what better course could he have pursued? He ranges himself at once in their own ranks; he becomes one of themselves. If they admire Brutus, so does he. And he did admire Brutus, as did every worthy, noble man in Rome. Nor was the avowal of his respect for him by any means inconsistent with his advocacy of Caesar's cause. The deservedly high reputation of Brutus, and the share he took in the act that struck the imperial Caesar from his lofty seat, were two distinct, independent things. Supposing he deserved death...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236674987
  • 9781236674982