Monthly Archives: September 2013

Some Can Get Away With It…

Some writers, historically speaking, do take other folks’ stories, rewrite them, and make them better.  Troilus and Cressida is just such a one; even to read instead of watching it is easier than any translation of Homer (I’ve dabbled in three, no, four different translations and always get bogged down.  Truly, I know what I’m talking about.).

I partly enjoy this one because I am so familiar with most of these folk; Aeneas, Achilles, Priam, and so on.  To point out another masterful improvement by the Bard, it is this: that the men finally speak- most translated Iliads have so little of speech in them that it maddens me.  I am grateful for the play, therefore.

I haven’t gotten a DVD version of this yet; the Kindle has a free version, however, with decent formatting (no irritating, unreasoned changes from print to italics).  A paperback would be my redoubt, failing the possession of a Kindle.

Enjoy!

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Et Tu, Brute? Then Die Caesar…

I suppose that Julius Caesar is a tragedy; I would classify it as a history, myself, but for those incidents in which almost all of the major characters die upon their own swords.  Tragedy it is, then.

This is obviously quite a violent play- although less so than many modern shows.  The play rather puts me in mind of Richard III, badly done, and ending in the (recently disinterred) king putting an end to himself.

While this one has many memorable lines, to me, I who love fair lyricism and lilting speech, prefer other, more, ah, not alliterative plays, per se, but you might say less hard-boiled than this.  Personal preference.

I’ve only seen the full-length BBC version of this, from the eighties, and that was quite good; a good library ought to have it, or be able to request it.

Enjoy!

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