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When Henry Rallied Troops for One Last Stand
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2369  Monday, 15 December 2003

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Saturday, 13 Dec 2003 02:06:10 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2355 When Henry Rallied Troops for One Last Stand

[2]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Dec 2003 22:35:07 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2328 Cry for Harry

[3]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Sunday, 14 Dec 2003 18:23:33 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2355 When Henry Rallied Troops for One Last Stand


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Saturday, 13 Dec 2003 02:06:10 -0000
Subject: 14.2355 When Henry Rallied Troops for One Last Stand
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2355 When Henry Rallied Troops for One Last Stand

Dana Wilson <
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>I think R was referencing WStevens line "Crispin's denouement was a
>salad-bed" which doesn't scan at all which is just part of the fun of S,
>supposedly.  At any rate, he is supposedly fine in the French, which is
>just more of the fun, when self-loathing is fun.

I'm not sure I was, just wish I was so clever.

Are we talking Stevens' pome on his four lost daughters?

... as to how "Crispin's denouement was a salad-bed" doesn't scan -- is
this a joke?  Say what you like against Stevens, he had a killer ear,
and rarely botched an iamb.

In my salad days when I was a young and bright ephebe, the one pome I
actually had people walk out of lectures was Uncle's Glass Eye.

I finally generated two readings of Le Mononcle, neither of which turned
on either Kermode or Bloom, and both of which locked into how Stevens
was specifically forty when he wrote Le Mononcle.

Mid-life identity crisis pomes [did I invent this genre?], aged eagles
(to bring this back to Bill) stretch their wings.

When I began collecting male-menopausal poems -- and the class-case is
obviously Dante's Nel mezzo, though Villon with L'age trentisieme de mon
age is another ...

Oh enough, but I really do think Stephen is being disengenuous in
denying a filiation to Wallace Stevens.

Robin

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Dec 2003 22:35:07 -0500
Subject: 14.2328 Cry for Harry
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2328 Cry for Harry

H. R. Greenburg's opinion about *Angels in America*, both the play and
the movie, is not shared by most of the theatergoers I know whose
opinions I respect.  I've seen 5 stage productions of *Millennium
Approaches*, plus the film (having subscribed to HBO for the month just
to see it), and 2 of *Perestroika*; also *Homebody/Kabul* (in
Providence) and a preview performance of *Caroline, or Change," the
pocket musical, now playing at the New York Public, for which Tony
Kushner has written the book.  And I just finished teaching the play(s)
to 2 classes of muliticultured college freshers. I have more first-had
experience of these works than most people.  on the list.

I share with most of my friends a conviction that Kushner is the only
contemporary playwright (in English, at least) who deserves comparison
with Shakespeare for the otherwise unmatched combination of intense
theatricality; verbal and dramatic audacity, brilliance, and range;
political sensitivity; openness to the influence of other artists; range
and depth of human sympathy.  The first part of the film is less funny
and adventurous than the play, but fascinating and in some places more
moving.  Al Pacino, Jeffrey Wright, and the actors who play the four
young lovers memorably present those characters, and Meryl Streep and
Emmas Thompson make us eager to see them in the second half, when they
get to do their thing.  Mike Nichols points cameras at the right things
and mostly stays out of the way.  See the broadcasts if you can.

If you can't, there is a rumor that the films will be presented in
theaters (it should be grand on big screens) and I'm sure it will soon
appear on cassette or DVD at Blockbuster and elsewhere.  For news and
announcements, check the website:
http://www.hbo.com/films/angelsinamerica/video/

It includes a link to a newsletter that should keep Sean Lawrence and
others informed, while Dr. Greenburg sulks.

Angelically yours,
David Evett

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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Sunday, 14 Dec 2003 18:23:33 -0000
Subject: 14.2355 When Henry Rallied Troops for One Last Stand
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2355 When Henry Rallied Troops for One Last Stand

Dana said:
>At any rate, he [Wallace Stevens] is supposedly fine in the French, which
>is just more of the fun, when self-loathing is fun.

I woke up, an' I thot, "[Expletive deleted], I know where this is coming
from."

Cross Edgar Allan Poe with the Baudlaire translations, stir-in
Dostoevsky's _The Double_ and how you can't blame EAP for Lovecraft.

Actually, it gets funnier, and I suspect Terruntzce Hoochs is one of the
few who could work-out how you could manage to get from the End of the
Novel to The End of History, via Miles.

Back to the Teapot.

<g>

Robin

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