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Re: One name, two personages
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0805  Monday, 28 April 2003

From:           Matthew Baynham <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Apr 2003 09:52:47 +0100
Subject:        Re: One name, two personages

Slightly tangential, but interesting in that it suggests a thematic use
of the double name, is Tom McAlindon's insight: 'Antony conjured up the
horrors of a Roman triumph in order to involve Eros in his suicide,
Cleopatra does the same with Iras (even the names rhyme). Antony felt
'base' because Cleopatra (as he believed) and Eros died before
him(iv.xiv.57, 95-9); Cleopatra feels the same about Iras' death
(v.ii.298).' Shakespeare's Tragic Cosmos p.255

Matthew Baynham
Chaplain
Bishop Grosseteste College

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