Shakespeare Commentaries Volume 2

Shakespeare Commentaries Volume 2

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Poet. Indeed, there is just this struggle between the moral and political elements going on at all times in all countries. The purely moral man is in a condition of chronic disgust at public life and public men; he generally judges by altogether too narrow a standard, and is, hence, unjust. But the public man is also too apt to sacrifice moral considerations to some supposed expediency, when, in reality, there is no conflict of duties. The relations of the individual in society must ordinarily be controlled by morality; this is just its function. But in revolutions--in periods of political disintegration--the collision between principles arises in its fullest intensity. One side must be chosen; still, the choice is a violation which calls forth a retribution. In our own recent struggle we all thought it our duty to sacrifice every moral tie to the imperial nationality, if the two conflicted. In that prolonged and intense effort the moral consciousness of private and public life disappeared, for it was immolated; though the nation was saved, the Nemesis of violated morality still scourges us; this is the real price, the spiritual price--and not the blood or the treasure spent--which we paid, are now paying, and shall continue to pay for our national existence. In the final scene of this thread, where the banquet is portrayed, we behold the fate of all the leading characters foreshadowed in the most subtle manner. Here are collected the representatives of the main conflicting principles of the drama--Antony, Pompey, Lepidus, Octa-vius, with their chief subordinates. They indulge in a drunken carousal, symbolical of the mad confusion of the period. Truly the world is on a spree. Who will keep his head clear and retain his senses amid the wild...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236664825
  • 9781236664822