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Inside this Book – Reading for book group. We are also looking at Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra as well as Plutarch’s Life of Antony. It’s obvious how Plutarch is the grandfather, Shakespeare the child and Dryden the grandchild. I found the differences between the two plays interesting. Shakespeare’s is sprawling with high-flown emotion and intense character study, as you would expect. The Dryden looks to the tradition of Shakespeare but it is all toned down in its attempt to have the play observe the classic unities. The play really rockets forward to its climax and I imagine it would be very effective in live performance. Shakespeare’s play is one of his greatest but it often strikes me as a great play to read and not a great play to see. The few performances of it that I have seen or heard have borne that out.
Inside this book –All for Love PDF Book by John Dryden, N.J. Andrew (Editor) – In form and style Dryden’s play is almost impeccable, adhering to Aristotlean conventions quite to the letter (whether that is for better or worse is rather for the individual reader to decide). But though in this coherent, thoroughly theatrical play there is much to be admired, particularly by actors and directors, it lacks the violent, irrepressible soul in Shakespeare’s telling of this same story. In Dryden’s measured scenes there are not the garishly bright lines of blank verse which, in Shakespeare, so fully express the essences of Antony and Cleopatra. In comparison to Shakespeare, Dryden cannot help but pale, though he pales in tasteful, clear style.
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- Full Book Name – All for Love
- Author of this Book – John Dryden, N.J. Andrew (Editor)
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Plays, Drama, Classics, Fiction, Poetry
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