Macbeth in Venice

Macbeth in Venice

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One of the most technically gifted poets of his generation, William Logan here presents four sequences, each of which is haunted by the battered history of the enchanted city of Venice: two refugees from Nazi Germany replay a version of the Aeneid that shadows their lives in and out of Venice; the comedy of Tiepolo's Punchinello drawings are given mocking narrative; a modern traveler finds in Venice's insects, birds, and fish a nature that endures within an unnatural city; and, in a formal sequence reminiscent of W. H. Auden's "The Sea and the Mirror," King James commissions a revision of Macbeth in order to impress the chief magistrate. These new poems showcase Logan's trademark refinement and erudition.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 140 x 213 x 10mm | 113g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0142003026
  • 9780142003022
  • 1,860,887

Table of contents

Macbeth In VeniceThe Shorter Aeneid
I. The Ship
II. The Train
III. Refugees
IV. The Oracle of the Birds
V. The Other World
VI. The Other World
VII. The Ohter World
VIII. The Other World
IX. The Other World
X. The Book of Genesis
XI. The Book of the Lizard
XII Measure for Measure

Punchinello in Chains
I. Punchinello Hatched by a Turkey
II. Punchinello in the Menagerie
III. The Marriage of Punchinello
IV. Punchinello in Chains
V. The Trial of Punchinello
VI. Punchinello Dreams of Escape
VII. The Hanging of Punchinello
VIII. The Resurrection of Punchinello

Venetian Hours
The Quicksand Builders
The Lost Birds of Venice
Marco Polo among the Insects
Canova at the Fish Market
Gli Insetti di Venezia
The Church of San Fantin
The Saint and the Crab
The Massacre of the Holy Innocents
Ca' d'Oro
Venice in February
Leaving Venice

Macbeth in Venice
I. The Witches to the Audience
II. Ode to Darkness or, The Curtain's Speech
III. The Mirror to Lady Macbeth
IV. The Porter's Song
V. The Murderers' Horses
VI. Banquo's Feast
VII. Macbeth's Daughter
VIII. The Guards' Song
IX. Lady Macbeth on Sleep
X. Birnam Wood to the Players
XI. Macbeth's Daughter Drowned
XII. Macbeth the Rationalist
Epilogue: King James VI and I to the Doge

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"He is like an eel in the well--a purifying agent."
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About William Logan

William Logan is the author of five collections of poems, a book of criticism, and a book of essays on poets and poetry. He has won the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from The Academy of American Poets and has received the Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He teaches at the University of Florida, where he is alumni professor of English.
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