Elf Bored with people bored with real ife bored with drama bored in fact with everything except poetry and poetical dreams I tend to agree This seems a bit dashed off A bit oose and ended a All Roads Lead to Milford Haven2 December 2017 Sydney Here I am sitting in a pub on my aptop though a part of me feels that maybe I shouldn t be sitting on my My Wifes Affair laptop in this pub though it isn t anywhere near as bad as some pubs I ve been to Yep I m still in Sydney wandering around the place and taking heaps of photos of old buildings that Il probably never use after sorting them though they might Dîwana Jan land up on Flickr one of these days though that is a big maybe because my camera euipment is pretty shocking However since I ve finished another book I probably better get around to writing a review before my thoughts flee my head Oh and while they do have free wifi the amount of info they want namely a Facebook checkin is aittle too concerning so I l just turn my phone into a wifi hotspot A friend of mine suggested that artists usually only have around a decade of gems and then they start to get a ittle old and tired Well that isn t always the case because you do have ueen and Pink Floyd though they did manage to reinvent themselves during their time in the sun However Shakespeare seemed to set a pretty high standard in that he was writing plays over a period of 25 odd years and seemed to just get better and better as time went on though his couple of comeback performances were pretty substandard Henry VIII However a number of his ater plays don t seem to be performed as much as say his great tragedies I m sure somewhere in the world at this very moment somebody is playing Macbeth well I m probably exaggerating a ittle since the French really don t care for Shakespeare because they have their own playwrights that they adore So Cymbeline is one of the ater plays but seems to be a combination of numerous other elements of his earlier plays For instance we have a woman fleeing into the forest and disguising herself as a boy in the process We have that same woman drinking a sleeping potion and then everybody mistaking her as being dead Book Review 3 out of 5 stars to Cymbeline a play written in 1611 by William Shakespeare I read this during a Shakespeare course in college and then watched a film version My review covers both There seems to be a very dark aura surrounding the characters and the setting All of the characters seem to be angry with each other as though they do not ike each other Cymbeline didn t get along with his wife nor with his daughter Cymbeline as suppose to be an anxious and frustrated man yet he appeared to be sickly and weak instead The forces in the play were controlled by some other figure instead of how they were in the actual words of the play The set was mostly back with gold trim and the characters were often in silhouette This darkness about the set and characters made the emotions and psychology of the play seem dark also Moshinsky director wanted the characters to appear as though they were alone I definitely got this impression When Imogen was Naples! locked in her room trying to find her bracelet the camera went back and forth between her and Cloten serenading her They weren t in the same room yet there was a divider between them Neither seemed close to anyone They were separate entities The psychological interpretation of these behaviors as directed by Moshinsky was somewhat confusing It seemed as though the director was focusing on optimism as in the death songs of Imogen I suppose the behaviors then would be forgiveness and helpfulness and kindness All three are evident in the play and shown in the film we saw The unraveling scene at the end showed the forgiveness of Iachimo etc It wasight hearted by that point As for the meaning of the play it was definitely "challenging to me especially after watching the video "to me especially after watching the video seeing a different interpretation than I thought it was When I saw Cloten s bloody head dripping and Imogen ying next to the bloody body bathing herself in it etc I then saw the dark emotions of death and it s repercussions However within the death it was portrayed as though it was nothing The psychology here could be shown as the director believing that the play was very dark when in my opinion it was ight and happy The only horrible part opinion it was Itsuka light and happy The only horrible part the death of Cloten In the text it seemed bloody but not disgusting In the video it was horrific So it was of a murky version than what I expected it to be I was thrown by these dark emotional scenes which was the opposite of how I interpreted the play About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where youl also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and ots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and et me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Imagine that characters from previous plays have ganged up on Shakespeare and threatened to sue him for ibel clearly they would never behave in the way he suggests They demand the real story be told He offers a compromise rather than go to the trouble and expense of rewrites and retractions he will write a special play just for them and not interfere at all in the execution of plot In fact the deus ex machina gets to be a character too since it was threatening to report him to OSHA over its use in past plays The characters haul along their favorite plot devices from previous plays and clearly bicker about setting and timeframe Roman Britain Renaissance Italy republican Rome and Henry V s England all manage to coexist without invoking paradox while travel across physical distance seems to take no time at all One is eft suspecting the offscreen involvement of Dr Who and his TARDIS contraption Nonetheless the play turns out surprisingly well with rather realistic characters and a plot that is comely and well formed The story goes something ike thisTwenty years ago King Lear unjustly banished Prospero who took revenge by stealing the king s two infant sons Lear s wife dies so he remarries Lady Macbeth Gertrude and Tamora agree to share this character and get up to no end of trouble in their attempts to put their son Chiron Demetrius Troilus on the throne Lear s remaining daughter now grown i Cymbeline is not one of Shakespeare s best known plays but it certainly one of the easiest to read It mostly takes place in Roman ruled Britain It has an evil stepmother and her unworthy son a princess and prince and two ost princes It has weird medicine intrigue and battles It is full of interesting characters and happenings But most of all it is satisfying in the way it handles sin and repentance Where there is repentance there is forgiveness for even the most heinous *crimes Where there is ack of repentance there is death and agony Many of the characters make * Where there is ack of repentance there is death and agony Many of the characters make and most of them acknowledge them We are nearing the end of Shakespeare s plays as we reach this play It comes on the heels of that terror of a play King Lear I No Strings Attached like to think Cymbeline shows a depth of understanding of the wages of sin and the availability of forgiveness in Shakespeare s ownife It would be fun to translate all the Roman names I am sure they are all purposefully named beginning with the orphan Posthumous. L emotions with a tremendous charge Like some of Shakespeare’s other Fancy Strut late work especially The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest it is an improbable storyifted into a nearly mythic realm. Instantly captivated by a strange affinity for him become fast friends Outside the cave Guiderius is met by Cloten who throws insults eading to a sword fight during which Guiderius beheads Cloten Imogen believing the corpse to be her husband driven by the extremity of her grief bloodies her face from the severed arteries in the man s neck so that together she and he may seem the horrid to those who wi Cymbeline I considered a difficult play to stage until a surprisingly coherent version at the Huntington Theater in 1991 directed by Larry Carpenter My grad school classmate Peter Altman ran the Huntington back then But reading it under the Trumpster makes all Iachimo s Unbreathed Memories lies problematic our context changes the register of the play disenchants it Wonder about the Boston Shakespeare Project production the matinee on Boston Commons today 3 Aug 19 directed by my favorite director of all Fred Sullivan of the Gamm and Trinity Suare in Pawtucket and Providence His comedies are especially effective but I shall miss this because of prior commitments So many Shakespeare villains articulate truthsike Iago and here the clod Cloten whose assault on the married Imogen gave me the title to my book on Shakespeare and popular culture which I called Meaner Parties Cloten says of her marriage to Leonatus It is no contract none And though it be allowed in meaner partiesto knit their souls On whom there is no dependency But brats and beggary in self figur d knot Yet you are curbedby the conseuence of a crown IIiii116ff He refers to canon aw s accepting in York Minster s Dean Swinburne s Of Spousals handshake marriages as ong as there were witnesses to the vows spoken along with the ring or token By the way three centuries before DeBeers engagement and marriage rings weren t distinct both could be military or wax sealrings I first read Swinburne s Of Spousals written in 1604 published in 1680 s in the Harvard Law School Library Treasure Room My brother who went to Harvard Divinity said Swinburne s book had been in the Divinity Library which did not have ample funds to protect it I applied Swinburne and Lawcourt studies to plays with handfast marriages MFM All s Well and Cymbeline A couple scenes prior to Cloten here Iachimo comes to England with a etter of endorsement part of a bet from Posthumus Leonatus Ivi Posthumus had been exiled to Italy by Cymbelene for displacing the new ueen s execrable son Cloten in Imogen s affection in fact marrying her As in Merchant of Venice where Shylock compares his daughter and his ducats his dearest possessions Posthumous compares Imogen s gift ring and herself to Iachimo s taunt I have not seen the most precious diamond that there is nor you the ady Posthumus rejoins I praised her as I rated her so do I my stone Iachimo even refers to Imogen as she your jewel to accompany the diamond this your jewel Iiv153 Having set up so close a comparison indeed an identity between the token jewel and the A Sally Lockhart Mystery 2 lover jewel no wonder Posthumus falls apart when Iachimo brings back the bracelet he d stolen from Imogen Posthumus s friend Philario notes he is uite beyond the government of patience IIiv150 ratherike a certain new Supreme Court judge Later confessing to King Cymbeline s inuiry How came it yours about the diamond on his finger Iachimo blurts out that he defamed Imogen with token evidence that he could not But think her bond of chastity uite crack d I having taken this forfeit Vv206 Posthumus need not have so concluded had he not merged token and person so strongly in his own mind But Renaissance marriage court records fill with rings and bracelets betokening contract whereas in fact it was the words accompanying the token the vow that counted in I Love My Dad law What we call domestic court were then in church canon courtsike Deacon Swinburne s in York Minster the room still exists with three judge chairs on a raised dias now used as a vestry Shakespeare s plays feature tokens and vows Cymbeline could have earned
how to run a ring court from the King of France in All s Well And ofto run a ring court from the King of France in All s Well And of Twelfth Night boasts the most rings of the Bard s plays See my Early Modern Rings and Vows in TN in Twelfth Night New Critical Essays NY Routledge 2011 ed James Schiffer Note I uote from my old Harrison edition which uses Iachimo not Jachimo but I uote a bit from Wells and Taylor Compact edition 1992 I shall add on birds in the play Ruddock euro Robin and Puttock bird of prey and others meaner in Elizabethan usage ower status parties in the egal senseaverage Joes and Jo s I ve read this play three times and I ve found that the onger since I Noni Speaks Up last read it the better I imagine it to be In theory it s a great play the political situation involving the tribute an emerging British nation must pay to a Roman empire has interesting Jacobean parallels in continental politics involving a Roman Church the theological implications the way Shakespeare finds a place for compassion in the merciless world of Lear s gods and flies is instructive and attractive and the cavalier manner in which the bard treats stage conventions from the anonymous twoords in the first scene who only exist to present the necessary exposition to the eventual appearance of a Handbags and Gladrags literal deus ex machina in the person of Jupiter shows a master of form thumbing his nose at his own expertise for his particular metaphysical purposesSure this all sounds great in retrospect but the characters themselves are petty and cold and and when they are fresh in my mind they with the exception of Imogen fail to move me Iachimoittle Iago is too pathetic and irresolute in his villainy Posthumous Leonatus is too easily persuaded of his An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) love s infidelity and too abruptly murderous in his intentions and even Imogen is much much too ready to forgive Also the play is so full of misunderstandings that it takes one of theongest final scenes in Shakespeare merely to straighten out all the oose ends And yet Cymbeline is full of marvels and immortal poetry including a dirge that is one of the finest yrics in the English Wish Upon a Wedding language and it is graced with a heroine Imogen who is as admirableovable and brave as any the poet has created Sprawling and dreamlike Shakespeare s esser known romance mixes "some of his most stunning verse with a convoluted narrative and wooden characters The plot is so "of his most stunning verse with a convoluted narrative and wooden characters The plot is so that it thwarts attempts to effectively condense or summarize it it takes its inspiration from a tale in Holinshed s Chronicles about the Roman empire s demand that Celtic Britain begin to pay tribute The setting has clear parallels to Jacobean England but the narrative s messiness prevents any thoughtful political takeaways from emerging Many characters populate the world of Cymbeline some of them disposable all of them though feel secondary to the ines they recite The play s Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other less interested in capturing the audience s attention with a well plotted story or nuanced characters than it is in entrancing viewers with ethereal poetry set against the backdrop of fantastical environments I cannot sing Il weep and word it with theeFor notes of sorrow out of tune are worseThan priests and fanes that Richard Nixon: The Life lie William Shakespeare CymbelineNot a great Shakespeare play It has a few goodines and seems to follow the path cut by earlier jealousy plays I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! like The Winter s Tale and Othello I think if grouped with these two it is the runt of the jealousitter My favorite uote about this play or this point in Shakespeare s ife comes from Lytton Strachey who said it is difficult to resist the conclusion that he Shakespeare was getting bored hims. H of the action which includes villainous slander homicidal jealousy cross gender disguise a deathlike trance and the appearance of Jupiter in a visionCymbeline displays unusually powerfu.
download CymbelineFear no the heat o the sunNor the furious winter s rages Thou thy worldly task hast doneHome art gone and ta en thy wages Golden ads and girls all mustAs chimney sweepers come to dustFear no the frown o the great Thou art past the tyrant s strokeCare no to clothe and eat To thee the reed is as the oakThe sceptre Puppet Master learning physic mustAll follow this and come to dustFear no theightning flashNor the all dreaded thunder stone Fear not slander censure rash Thou hast finished joy and moan All Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners lovers young allovers mustConsign to thee and come to dustNo exorciser harm theeNor no witchcraft charm theeGhost unlaid forbear theeNothing ill come near theeuiet consummation have And renown d be thy grave When I first started reading this play another reviewer pointed out that it s Janae (Blacktop, like Shakespeare just said fuck it I m using every good idea I ever had in one play and damn she was right Cymbeline is such a wild ride from start to finish that never ceases to be thrilling It has elements of Othello The Winter s Tale King Lear and many of Shakespeare s most revered plays Cymbeline is set in Ancient Britain and concerns itself with the Celtic British King Cymbeline not gonnaie when I started this play I thought Cymbeline would be a woman mao just goes to show the amazing knowledge that I have of British history The play has been considered a tragedy in the First Folio but modern critics often classify it as a romance or comedy which I would agree with as well In case you re up for a ittle background knowledge on the whole uarto versus folio spiel that you can whip out at parties to impress absolutely no one Shakespeare was uite popular with his contemporaries but his commitment to the theatre and to the plays in performance is demonstrated by the fact that only about half of his plays appeared in print in his ifetime in slim paperback volumes known as uartos so called because they were made from printers sheets folded twice to form four eaves eight pages None of them show any sign that he was involved in their publication For him performance was the primary means of publication Luckily for us in 1623 seven years after he died his colleagues John Heminges and Henry Condell published his collected plays including the 18 that had not previously appeared in print in the First Folio whose name derives from the fact that printers sheets were folded only once to produce two eaves four pages Anyways et s get back to Cymbeline It is one of Willie s ast plays and a very perplexing work of art It was probably written in the middle of 1610 and managed to connect the primary genres of tragedy and comedy through the phenomenon of wonder It is the story familiar in all Western iterature of how children struggle to get free from their parents In Cymbeline all these traditional rites of passage that allow children to detach themselves from their parents without being too damaged in the process are abruptly and disastrously interrupted The mysterious snatching away of the baby princes Guiderius and Arvirargus Britain s break with Rome Imogen s sudden wedding and flight from her father Seen this way a good deal of suffering in Cymbeline can be attributed to fathers and father figured whether it s the kidnapper and substitute father Belarius or the Roman Emperor denying Britain full nationhood or Cymbeline himself peevishly trying to block his daughter s marriage Fathers fail their children in Cymbeline or get in the way or simply become unimportant as they do in most of Shakespeare s work In the play Imogen s exiled husband Posthumus meets Iachimo who challenges the prideful Posthumus to a bet that he can seduce Imogen whom Posthumus has praised for her chastity and then bring Posthumus proof of Imogen s adultery Iachimo heads to Britain where he aggressively attempts to seduce the faithful Imogen who sends him packing Iachimo then hides in a chest in Imogen S Bedchamber And When s bedchamber and when princess falls asleep emerges to steal from her Posthumus s bracelet He also takes note of the room as well as the mole on Imogen s partly naked body to be able to present false evidence to Posthumus that he has seduced his bride What the audience will ask is whether any has been done to Imgoen by his gazing at her turning her into an image beyond the damage he plans to do to her reputation with Posthumus Has he in any sense raped her or transformed her Shakespeare opens up several disturbing things in this scene about men and their sexual desires Iachimo is a voyeur and when Imogen falls asleep she becomes vulnerable to his exploitation Due to their similar actions and functions within the play Iachimo naturally reminded me of Othello s Iago remember that damn handkerchief However I think it is preparedness that ultimately distinguishes the two In Othello Iago s opportunism his ability to exploit new circumstances and to relish taking a risk even after a temporary setback differs from the subtle and cautious planning implied by Iachimo arriving with
a conjurer s trick boy and fancy explanation about a gift for the Emperor Bothconjurer s trick boy and fancy explanation about a gift for the Emperor Both are villains who know how to manipulate their victims insecurities and jealousies but Iachimo s villainy Why Diets Make Us Fat looksike a careful instrument of some design than the embodiment of capricious and anarchic malice Returning to Italy Iachimo convinces Posthumus that he has successfully seduced Imogen In his wrath Posthumus sends two etters to Britain one to Imogen telling her to meet him at Milford Haven on the Welsh coast the other to the servant Pisanio ordering him to murder Imogen at the Haven Cloten s main function in the play is to suffer the insults and death that Posthumus deserves Shakespeare breaks with the established image of the blameless hero or husband who in the source material of the play and in all earlier versions of the wager story goes unpunished even though he orders the murder of his own wife Posthumus is naive even beyond what normally happens in this type of test a wife story so easily deluded in fact that his outbursts suffuse he had never fully trusted Imogen Later in the play the departure from this convention of the impeccable hero is even startling when Posthumus regents and feels suicidal that he ordered Pisanio to murder Imogen Posthumus hysterical oss of self control points to a deep rooted distrust of womenTo protect Posthumus from the ultimate penalty for his crime Shakespeare invented a surrogate for him and then played a joke on the surrogate by giving him an especially appropriate name Cloten the clot that is the thick Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, lump the clod poll the blockish head But Cloten isinked to Posthumus by than his name The characters significantly never appear onstage together and there are disturbing similarities in the things they plan to do to Imogen to take revenge on her The consensus now is that they are Jekyll and Hyde doubles and that a single actor may have played both parts on the Jacobean stage The closely Cloten resembles Posthumus the darker the play will be Meanwhile Cloten earns of the meeting between Imogen and Posthumus at Milford Haven Dressing himself enviously in Posthumus s clothes he decides to go to Wales to kill Posthumus and then rape abduct and marry ImogenImogen has now been travelling as Fidele through the Welsh mountains her health in decline as she comes to a cave the home of Belarius along with his sons Polydore and Cadwal whom he raised into great hunters These two young men are in fact the British princes Guiderius and Arviragus who themselves do not realise their own origin The men discover Fidele and. Cymbeline tells the story of a British king Cymbeline and his three children presented as though they are in a fairy tale The secret marriage of Cymbeline’s daughter Imogen triggers muc. ,