Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wish you all the joys of the worm.
You know, for the longest time, I had placed this of all of Shakespeare's plays among the highest in my estimation, for where else could I have so many references to melting or even have an early punk band write a song about it? (Melt, Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Indeed, Let Rome in Tiber melt! I really enjoyed the triumvirate of powers, the play on politics and the whole chaos of such an equal footing between Ceasar, Antony, and Cleopatra. Can we blame the woman? Should we rather blame the man? Could it just be the ego and pride of Ceasar we should point a finger at? The whole world was at all of their feet, and yet all of their egos were too big for the Earth to hold them.
Honestly, the first portion of the play was easily the worst and I didn't love it nearly as much as my first reading. Rather, I enjoyed the play of words and the references to the classic legends surrounding Cleopatra and the rug more than the actual revolving scenes and action.
This isn't quite true for the unfurling of the real tragedy, however. I did love that as much as I had remembered.
But I can't, in all fairness, keep the last star just for the strength of the end, so I struck it. I let Eros be my scholar.
Still, not dead, not dead.
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