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Antony and Cleopatra 4.3
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0920  Tuesday, 17 May 2005

[1]     From:   Julia Griffin <
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        Date:   Friday, 06 May 2005 14:48:39 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0901 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

[2]     From:   Elliott Stone <
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        Date:   Saturday, 7 May 2005 11:16:47 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0901 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3


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From:           Julia Griffin <
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Date:           Friday, 06 May 2005 14:48:39 -0400
Subject: 16.0901 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0901 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

Not a scholarly or critical comment, but Cavafy wrote a very fine poem
on Plutarch's version of this scene (where Antony's god is Bacchus, not
the demi-god Heracles, and the sound heard is the departure of an
invisible company of bacchantes).  It's memorably translated by Lawrence
Durrell as "The God Abandons Antony".

Julia

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From:           Elliott Stone <
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Date:           Saturday, 7 May 2005 11:16:47 -0400
Subject: 16.0901 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0901 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

I have often wondered in A&C V II why the Clown keeps punning on the
word "worm"? Cleopatra first uses the word "worm" in line 243 and then
after many uses in line 279  "CLOWN. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy o'
th' worm".  Why does Shakespeare not use the word "asp"?

Best,
Elliott H. Stone

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