The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0901 Friday, 6 May 2005
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
>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
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