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Antony and Cleopatra 4.3
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0901  Friday, 6 May 2005

From:           Rolland Banker <
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Date:           Friday, 6 May 2005 00:31:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

Jack Heller wrote:

 >I haven't found any
 >scholarly or critical comment on Act 4, scene 3 of
 >Antony and
 >Cleopatra,
 >the scene in which soldiers hear music coming from
 >the ground. I would
 >welcome your ideas about this scene.

I was just reading this:

Taken from the 1964 Signet Classic Shakespeare version of A&C
Introduction by Barbara Everett, Newnham College, Cambridge, pg xxxiv:

"It [Antony and Cleopatra] creates a world that is triumphantly
'natural' rather than 'supernatural'-although the natural is not, in
this play, without its mysteries. The soothsayer reads, and reads
correctly, in the 'Nature's infinite book of secrecy'; and when the
soldiers, on guard by night in the streets of Alexandria, hear 'Music i'
th' air,' they recognize it as the departure of a god from a defeated man:

      'Tis the god Hercules, whom Antony loved,
      Now he leaves him. "

All the best
Rolland Banker

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