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  1. says:

    The first half maybe three fifths of Pericles contains the worst writing found in any Shakespeare play Fortunately for Shakespeare s reputation, he didn t write it some hack probably the ephemeral George Wilkins is responsible instead Much of the verse of the first three acts is difficult, but not in the way late Shakespeare is often difficult an extraordinary concentration and richness of language , but because it is poorly constructed or reported and makes little or no sense, parti The first half maybe three fifths of Pericles contains the worst writing found in any Shakespeare play Fortunately for Shakespeare s reputation, he didn t write it some hack probably the ephemeral George Wilkins is responsible instead Much of the verse of the first three acts is difficult, but not in the way late Shakespeare is often difficult an extraordinary concentration and richness of language , but because it is poorly constructed or reported and makes little or no sense, particularly when it is straining after a rhyme Add to these shoddy verses an episodic plot barely held together by the wearying doggerel monologues by the poet Gower even worse than the poetry of the real Gower, which takes some doing , and you are confronted with an extremely boring and occasionally infuriating play And thenShakespeare takes over, somewhere slightly before the brothel scene I think, and he produces some passages of great charm, including two scenes of restoration and reconciliation that can stand with their counterparts in the tragi comedies which is high praise indeed Any fan of The Winter s Tale, Cymbeline and The Tempest will greatly enjoy these scenes But as far as I m concerned, it wouldn t hurt you to skip the rest


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    To sing a song that old was sung,From ashes ancient Gower is come,Assuming man s infirmitiesTo glad your ear and please your eyes.By any measure available here on goodreads, this is one on Will s worst plays In terms of the average rating from my friends 3.0 it s only beaten on the downside by the 2.75 of Cymbeline Probably has something to do with the fact that it isn t one of Will s plays Wasn t included in the First Folio of 1623 even though it had been printed during his life with hi To sing a song that old was sung,From ashes ancient Gower is come,Assuming man s infirmitiesTo glad your ear and please your eyes.By any measure available here on goodreads, this is one on Will s worst plays In terms of the average rating from my friends 3.0 it s only beaten on the downside by the 2.75 of Cymbeline Probably has something to do with the fact that it isn t one of Will s plays Wasn t included in the First Folio of 1623 even though it had been printed during his life with his name on it then was included with six others in the third Folio 1664 Of those seven, Pericles is the only one to survive in my edition of his works the other six have been tossed away.BUT it s known that he had no hand in writing most of the play Nothing of the first two acts, then some of what follows In particular, it s known that he wrote the two brothel scenes in Act IV IV.ii and IV.vi Of course my Shakespeare is over sixty years old In that time it s certain that the vast bulk of Shakespeare research and scholarship has been concerned with nothing but trying to establish exactly which words of this play were written by Will One current theory is that Shakespeare is responsible for only the indefinite articles in the play The rather shocking evidence for this claim is a scrap of paper unearthed a few years ago, which seems to be in Shakespeare s handwriting, reading, I.ii A a an a Compare this toSCENE II Tyre A room in the palace Enter PERICLES PER To LORDS without Let none disturb us Why should this change of thoughts,The sad companion, dull eyed melancholy,Be my so used a guest as not an hour then, 37 lines later, the next indefinite article appears but a spark So apparently, Shakespeare had supplied a complete list of the indefinite articles, and the order in which they were to be used in the play Something of the reverse of the great Italian Renaissance painters who would leave minor parts of paintings for underlings to do Here the master did the small work Which Pericles Some readers may know of the great Athenian orator and statesman who went by this nameNot the guy This play is based on a Roman tale from the fifth or sixth century about a different Pericles, this one a prince of Tyre.As you can see, not so impressive a specimen Anyway, the Roman piece was retold in English by a cat named Gower, a contemporary of Chaucer, back around 1400 It s an exceedingly long, complicated tale, taking place in several different locales Antioch, Tyre, Tarsus, Pentapolis, Ephesus, Mytilene, plus scenes onthan one ship The Elizabethan production won a Tony award for set design view spoiler One of the fascinating discoveries of recent scholarship is that these Mediterranean locations listed in the third Folio were not the locations used in the Elizabethan production Instead, these locations were all cities in Florida with of course the most exciting scenes of the play including the brothel scenes taking place not in Mytilene but in Miami hide spoiler Turns out the story as told by Gower is nearly identical to that in the play we re talking about Obviously the copywrite had expired, or Will and his collaborators would have been sued.But it s interesting that in the play, perhaps through agreement with some of Gower s heirs, Mr Gower is given a part to play and it s an important part He comes on at the beginning of each act and at play s end to tell us the many many bits of this abstruse story which couldn t possibly be staged with the budget they had Gower is actually listed as CHORUS in the play, obviously as a tip of the hat to Sophocles and the other Greek dramatists though for what reason, the abundant Pericles scholarship has not yet unearthed.The Play as I read itWhen I had been randomly directed to read Pericles as the next stop on my travels through Shakespeare, view spoiler All is number I am bound by this philosophical tradition that runs from the ancient Greeks up through the contemporary philosopher Nate Silver hide spoiler I was flummoxed about whether I should even bother reading the play, given that it wasn t written by the Bard I first decided to read only the parts that the Master was responsible for It took me about twenty minutes to carefully go through the text searching for all the indefinite articles, and reading each one It was kind of boring, but gave me a definite feeling of accomplishment Thumbs up The exercise also left me empty emotionally, however Thumbs down.Next I determined that I would read at least the parts of the play specifically mentioned in the Intro These were I.iv, II.iv, II.v of which it was said puerile melodrama so badly written that they might almost be parodies view spoiler idea hide spoiler of Elizabethan drama at its worst plus the two brothel scenes Armed with this list I then proceeded drudge that I am to work through the whole thing again I read from the beginning, up through II.v then sort of skimmed to follow the story a bit Act III, started readingclosely at Act IV, and sort of got drawn in, so read the last two acts with attention and even some pleasure My judgement of the three puerile scenes I.iv, said to be puerile I can take a hint II.iv, sort of empty II.v, THIS WHOLE SCENE REALLY IS RIDICULOUS The brothel scenes These really were written to make one feel back in Shakespeare However, I must say that the first scene illustrated very well the disadvantage of reading, rather than seeing, a play I made a note, Maybe this is meant to be funny Not very funny to me After all, a scene in which a fourteen year old girl is sold by pirates to a brothel, where she is to become one of the workers, can only achieve a reaction of amusement when it is played for laughs, as it no doubt was This becameapparent near the end of the scene, and was very much so in the second brothel scene.The play is sometimes described as a tragicomedy, a type which became increasingly popular in early seventeenth century London, thanks to the plays of this type written by Beamont and Fletcher in their brief and popular run as collaborative writers.RatingWell Though I didn t read the whole play, I did read or read a good bit of it And don t forget, I read all the indefinite articles.The play was probably written in 1608 Shakespeare was 44 not too old, but in fact in the last decade of his life He wrote only fourplays after this one, the best from our point of view being The Tempest So I m willing to give him a break here Getting a commission to supply only the indefinite articles was, I think, a well deserved coup Whatever else he supplied of the latter part of the play seems quite well done Yeah, it has a bit of the feel of a high school play Compared to most of his plays it s pretty light, to say the most But I actually enjoyed the happy ending denouement The good guys and bad guys got sorted out and bestowed with their just deserts I suspect it might be a fun play to watch, with the right over the top production Then off to an after play debauch, or something of the sort.The rating I gave 4 is mainly to try to bring the average up a little not too hard to do when so few ratings have been given I d probably feelcomfortable with 3 or even 3 1 3 If you re a Shakespeare completist you probably don t need encouragement But if you do, you needn t shy away from this play, it s worth a look


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    Man on the Run4 November 2017 Well, I believe that I ve got seven plays, and the poems, and I would have read all of Shakespeare s extant works While I do have a copy of his complete works sitting in my lounge room, a part of me doesn t want to read it, first of all because it is a huge volume and would be quite unwieldy while sitting on a crowded morning train, and it would also add an unbearable amount of weight to my already fraying backpack Since I do prefer the Signet editions namely bec Man on the Run4 November 2017 Well, I believe that I ve got seven plays, and the poems, and I would have read all of Shakespeare s extant works While I do have a copy of his complete works sitting in my lounge room, a part of me doesn t want to read it, first of all because it is a huge volume and would be quite unwieldy while sitting on a crowded morning train, and it would also add an unbearable amount of weight to my already fraying backpack Since I do prefer the Signet editions namely because of the essays contained therein I m going to have to trawl through somesecond hand bookshops to see if I can get my hands on the missing volumes Time and time again I have been commenting on how it is much better to watch a play performed as opposed to reading them I m going to have to make a confession I have also been trying to read them as fast as possible, which as it turns out, especially when we have language such as Shakespeare, and also a work written in dramatised form, doesn t quite work out So, I tried something a little different when I completed reading this particular work I decided to go back and read it again this time somewhat slower Guess what, I got a lotout of it, and I was actually able to follow along mucheasily I guess that means that when I go back to Dante, it is going to take me a lot longer to get through that work than I originally anticipated Pericles is a little different from Shakespeare s other plays First of all it is technically a lost work The reason I say that is because the version that I read suggested that only acts three, four, and five were actually Shakespeare s and the first two acts were written by somebody else apparently some guy named George Wilkins The suggestion is that Shakespeare may have found this work and decided to rewrite it so that it washis style though others seem to suggest that it is actually a collaborative work and Ted even went as far to suggest that the only Shakespearian elements were the indefinite articles One thing that stands out, that doesn t really appear in any of his other works, is that we have a narrator that introduces us to each of the scenes, and also tells us what has been happening between the scenes Interestingly the narrator is John Gower, the writer of one of the sources that Shakespeare used This is actually where Pericles stands out from his other plays the scope is much broader The action takes place in various locals including Tyre, Antioch, Tarsus, Ephesus, Mytiline, and Greece The action also takes place over a huge amount of time, and at one point there is even a fourteen year gap which is unusual for Shakespeare The other thing is that a lot happens between the acts which necessitates the addition of a narrator, and also includes a dumb play, which is where the actors perform actions but don t actually speak and these dumb plays don t tell us what is going to happen in the scenes, but rather what is happening between the scenes So, the play begins in the city of Antioch where a number of suitors are trying to woo the king s daughter However, there is a hidden secret and that is that the king and his daughter are amorously involved you read that correctly So, to deal with that the king proposes a riddle, and anybody who solves the riddle can marry his daughter, but anybody who guesses incorrectly will be killed As it turns out Pericles correctly guesses the answer to the riddle only to discover that the answer reveals their dark secret, and since Pericles has guessed what is going on then he must die it s a situation of you re damned if you do and you re damned if you don t So, Pericles returns to Tyre only to have the king send an assassin after him Pericles then puts one of his trusted lords in charge and heads off to Tarsus while bringing some grain to releave a famine only to have the assassin track him down there So Pericles jumps onto another ship and heads off to Greece Here he comes across another contest where a group of suitors are vying for the King s daughter, and this time Pericles wins and marries the king s daughter It doesn t end there though because they discover that the king of Antioch and his daughter have died so they decide to return to Tyre On the journey his wife appears to die in childbirth and a huge storm sweeps up The sailors convince him to put his wife in a casket and throw the body overboard, since having a corpse on the ship is a bad omen The storm doesn t abate, so to keep his child safe he pulls into Tarsus and gives the daughter to the king to look after her and to return when things are much better However, Pericles gets held up in Tyre for fourteen years and the king s wife becomes insanely jealous of Marina Pericles daughter , but before she can kill her she is kidnapped by pirates and sold into a brothel To cut an insanely long story short, Pericles finds his daughter, and his wife, alive and as Shakespeare once said All s Well that Ends Well I find it interesting that Shakespeare can get away with stuff that many writers of today would be crucified if they even thought of doing something similar For instance the famous stage direction exit, pursued by a bear The thing is that we see similar things in this play, such as pirates appearing from nowhere just as Marina is about to be murdered, and just due to blind luck Pericles coming across the daughter as he is wandering around the seas grief stricken Oh, there is also the scene where the goddess Diana appears to him and tells him that his wife is also alive Mind you, this isn t the only time such things happen in Shakespeare, as there are other plays where similar discoveries occur and they are usually the comedies Mind you, in spoof movies of today you can probably get away with it, but Shakespearian comedies are hardly spoof they arelike romantic comedies Imagine an exit pursued by a bear occurring in Crazy Stupid Love Yet for some reason because Shakespeare is Shakespeare he can get away with it Oh, and we can t forget the suit of armour magically appearing in the fisherman s net when Pericles arrives in Greece The sea and storms play a huge role in Pericles Actually, we have storms happening in other plays, and they seem to be this dramatic device to set the scene the storm in the Tempest strands the main characters on the island, and a similar thing happens in Twelfth Night In the case of The Tempest, this isn t just any old storm, this is a storm conjured by Prosphero to bring his enemies under his control This isn t the case in Pericles, or Twelfth Night However, the storms that Pericles faces are of a different type they work to test him and mould him The storms are metaphorical as well, since we have his life facing a tempest when he discovers the King of Antioch s dirty little secret Then there is the sea much of the time we have Pericles travelling on the sea Sure, he is the ruler of Tyre, but he has been forced to travel due to threats to his life In a way the sea seems to be trying to put a distance between him and his enemies It also works to bring about a different stage in his life Everytime Pericles travels by sea he goes to a different land ruled by a different king In this way it could be easily translated into a science fiction setting The lands are divided by the seas, and the seas are dangerous When Pericles flees Tyre, the assassin, seeing that he has left by sea, believes that he is gone and that his duty has been fulfilled Yet the sea also has some life giving quality in that Pericles wife not only survived crossing the seas in a chest, but while at first she appeared to be dead, he in fact turned out to be alive Pericles is washed up on the shores of Pentapolis, and in doing so found a new life with a wife and a child, The people who found him were the fisherman, people who farm the seas for food, who also found him a suit of armour so that he could compete in the tournament Sure, the armour was rusty, but it was still useful and enabled to him defeat all of the other suitors who simply shrugged their shoulders and wandered off stage, though that suggests that they were the type of people would would wander around the country participating in tournaments for the hand of a woman in marriage Finally, we also have the pirates, who appear out of nowhere to save Marina from certain death Pirates are generally connected with the sea, and as such we seen another example of the sea s life giving properties The tournament is interesting, though I suspect this comes from the old medieval courtly romance Twice we see kings put challenges before suitors for their daughter Okay, one is a trap, but the other isn t It gives us a good idea of the idea of marriage at the time, that it wasn t the girl s choice, but the father s In one we have a challenge of strength, and another a challenge of wits Mind you, this has come down to us today with the tradition of the girl bringing the boy home to meet her parents, and the boy needing to impress not just the father, but the mother as well Numerous romantic comedies have been created around this tradition Personally, this is a wonderful play It is in part an adventure, a romance, and a comedy and there are some rather amusing comic elements in it The final thing I wish to touch about is probably one of the most hilarious sections of the play the brothel scene Marina is a virgin, and there seems to be a huge emphasis on the purity of the woman No doubt Antioch s daughter wasn t pure, but that was kept hidden However, here were have the opposite, with Marina using all her skill to maintain her virginity The whole scene has the brothel owners attempting to break Marina, but she is always about to outwit them The sources had other reasons why she remained pure, but here we see Shakespeare s genius in that Marina simply outwits everybody who is brought before her, and then manages to outwit the owners as well, to the point that she ends up making a name for herself As I have indicated this is a fantastic play I would say that it is a shame that it doesn t seem to be performed all that often, but then again since my only encounters with Shakespearian performances tend to be the big names such as The Globe and the RSC, I can t comment the Globe last performed it in 2005 while I believe the RSC did it in 2012 , and the various Australian companies However, there are many, many other Shakespearian companies and festivals that I don t know about, and I m sure this play makes an appearance among them every so often


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    Opinion s but a fool, that makes us scan the outward habit by the inward manWilliam Shakespeare, PericlesPericles, Prince of Tyre has a foot in the cannon and a foot outside it It wasn t part of the First Folio, but I decided to still read it this year so I could basically still say I read everything The play threw me a bit off my 3 x 12 schedule, but meh Sometimes, you gotta do what ye gotta do Fair warning GR friends, most likely, the first two acts are NOT composed by the Bard, butOpinion s but a fool, that makes us scan the outward habit by the inward manWilliam Shakespeare, PericlesPericles, Prince of Tyre has a foot in the cannon and a foot outside it It wasn t part of the First Folio, but I decided to still read it this year so I could basically still say I read everything The play threw me a bit off my 3 x 12 schedule, but meh Sometimes, you gotta do what ye gotta do Fair warning GR friends, most likely, the first two acts are NOT composed by the Bard, but the last three make up a lot of the ground Also, I m pretty sure Shakespeare spiced a few of George Wilkins lines in the first two No doubt some mouldy tale, Like Pericles and stale As the Shrieve s crusts, and nasty as his fish Scraps out of every dish Throwne forth, and rak t into the common tub Ben Jonson, Ode to Himself Anyway, it begins with an incest riddle and ends with the unwinding and winding back of Pericles family There is, packed into this play, a few moments of brilliance AND the story is interesting just not brilliant Some of the characters were boring, undercooked, and flat, but I tend to agree with T.S Eliot about how amazing the reunion recognition scene is between Pericles and his daughter.Favorite quotesFew love to hear the sins they love to actAct 1, Scene 1Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kissAct 1, Scene 2Who makes the fairest show means the most deceitAct 1, Scene 4


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    PrefaceAlthough superficially similar in form, most scholars do not consider that the Abridged Pericles belongs to the Madelinian Canon the most plausible theory holds that it was partly or wholly composed by an imitator, possibly a Manfred Reiner the spelling is uncertain , who lived in Geneva around 2013.Pericles, Prince of Tyre abridged version ANTIOCHUS Here s a riddle if you can t guess, I m going to kill you What goes on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three legs in th PrefaceAlthough superficially similar in form, most scholars do not consider that the Abridged Pericles belongs to the Madelinian Canon the most plausible theory holds that it was partly or wholly composed by an imitator, possibly a Manfred Reiner the spelling is uncertain , who lived in Geneva around 2013.Pericles, Prince of Tyre abridged version ANTIOCHUS Here s a riddle if you can t guess, I m going to kill you What goes on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three legs in the evening, and sleeps with his daughter PERICLES Humbert Humbert ANTIOCHUS Close enough But I m going to kill you anyway.PERICLES Hey, no fairDumb show Pericles flees Antioch, is shipwrecked, falls in love with Thaisa, marries her, incorrectly believes she has died in childbirth, dumps her body in the sea, places his newborn daughter in the care of an idiot and his homicidal consort, etc Distressed by this unfortunate series of events, he decides to stop visiting his hairdresser PERICLESmuch longer hairHer voice was ever soft and lowAn excellent thing in woman.ATTENDANT His wits are wandering, he thinks he s Lear.PERICLES And my poor fool is hanged.ATTENDANT He means his wifeEnter MARINA and THAISA MARINA Hello Daddy PERICLES Thou livest THAISA There was a mixup They hanged a different fool.PERICLES Yay Group hug CHORUS Don t you wish you could write like William Shakespeare and his unknown collaborator THE END


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    Okay For starters, thanks to Marjorie Garber and her interesting piece on the play in her Shakespeare After All, I enjoyed thisthan I otherwise would have She talks about how the play, a dramatic romance, needs to be seen not as a failed effort at the sort of play where the protagonist develops and shows psychological depth through monologues and all, but as a play where the character development and other deep aspects are illustrated through mythic and fairy tale motifs Some Okay For starters, thanks to Marjorie Garber and her interesting piece on the play in her Shakespeare After All, I enjoyed thisthan I otherwise would have She talks about how the play, a dramatic romance, needs to be seen not as a failed effort at the sort of play where the protagonist develops and shows psychological depth through monologues and all, but as a play where the character development and other deep aspects are illustrated through mythic and fairy tale motifs Some modern audiences like some early modern ones have found these plays deficient in realism, but, as we will see, what they actually do is shift the real to a different plane, onealigned to dream, fantasy, and psychology, while retaining, at the same time, a topical relationship to historical event in Shakespeare s day This really did help When events in the play got particularly goofy or illogical, I had something to think about other than, Well, this is pretty dumb Instead, I could think, Well, this is dumb in a mythically symbolic sort of way Anyway So, her essay was great, and starting with her appreciation and a nice overview, I was prepared to be pleased by what the play has to offer And I did find stuff to like Some lovely lines and scenes, especially towards the end, and the situation with the brothel, where Marina converts all the guys who come in to virtue and the brothel owners are increasingly outraged, was funny Until Lysimachus The local governor comes in to the brothel looking for a virgin to deflower So, ick But he sees the error of his ways, and I imagined I d seen the last of that scumbucket But NO Rather than retreating to his palace or wherever he lives, he continues along with Marina, and is welcomed by Pericles as a wonderful future son in law So, the fall out from being identified as a particularly loathsome sort of sexual predator is that he is welcomed into a royal family Not that this made me think of today s news or anything, but this Completely made me think of current events, with Roy Moore running in Alabama for the U.S Senate, with a solidly documented record of having, in his 30 s, dated young teenaged girls, and with the defense of supportive Evangelical pastors being that only by dating young teenagers could he find girls who were really pure a paraphrase of the argument of Pastor Flip Benham It s a truly twisted logic that argues that grown men chasing after young girls is a sign of high moral values Gah This illustration of the play s timelessness did Not increase my enjoyment.Still, this isn t one I expect to ever return to, but I m glad to have read it once I listened to the ensemble recording from Librivox while reading, and, despite some truly jarring mispronunciations and silly accents, their recording features some excellent performances and did help me enjoy the play Three stars


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    Pericles achieves a sense of scene hopping adventure unequaled in Shakespeare s repertoire, and as a perhaps inevitable corollary, it is also the play that most strains credulity, The Winter s Tale notwithstanding The dei ex machina arrive in the form of dream instructions, magical healings, and a pirate kidnapping And yet, like Pericles with his Neptune defying navigations, we can weather the plot What is less easy to settle into is the variation in writing quality While Shakespeare probabl Pericles achieves a sense of scene hopping adventure unequaled in Shakespeare s repertoire, and as a perhaps inevitable corollary, it is also the play that most strains credulity, The Winter s Tale notwithstanding The dei ex machina arrive in the form of dream instructions, magical healings, and a pirate kidnapping And yet, like Pericles with his Neptune defying navigations, we can weather the plot What is less easy to settle into is the variation in writing quality While Shakespeare probably outlined the entire play, it seems as if one George Wilkins a lowlife hack, possibly a Shakespearean hanger on a whoremonger in the unminceable words of Harold Bloom wrote out the first two acts, which may explain the adventuresome shallowness that begins the story In spite of Wilkins supposed qualities, I find the beginning not so off putting, and even Bloom concedes that these two acts are quite playable , coming off much better in performance than on the page.Although the writing inconsistency is undeniable, it feelsacute within the Shakespeare material than between that of Wilkins and the Bard After writing some of the most internally active and personality driven characters of all time Hamlet, Iago, Rosalind, et al , Shakespeare somewhat bizarrely chooses to leave the major players in Pericles as impenetrable blanks, knowable only by their type For our title character, that means being courageous, honorable, and in all things mannishly commendable, only just human and unfortunate enough to earn our sympathy For Marina, it is the same story except with a certain feminine ideal, which first and foremost includes intact virginity, the quality that ultimately leads us into contact with the only palpably human elements in the play the employees of the Mitylene whorehouse Given the plot heavy adventure through the first three acts, it is easy to avoid recognizing the main characters lack of depth once we meet Boult, Pandar, and the Bawd, however, the discrepancy between characterizations is too great to ignore These three strive in vain to rid Marina of her maidenhead and enrich themselves in the process well beyond what they have achieved lately in the market Bawd We were never so much out of creatures We have butpoor three, and they can do nothan they cando and they with continual action are even as good as rotten.Pandar Therefore let s have fresh ones, whate er we pay forthem If there be not a conscience to be used inevery trade, we shall never prosper.Bawd Thou sayest true tis not our bringing up of poorbastards, as, I think, I have brought up some eleven Boult Ay, to eleven and brought them down again Butshall I search the market Bawd What else, man The stuff we have, a strong windwill blow it to pieces, they are so pitifully sodden.Pandar Thou sayest true they re too unwholesome, o conscience The poor Transylvanian is dead, thatlay with the little baggage.Boult Ay, she quickly pooped him she made him roast meatfor worms But I ll go search the market.Exit.Their scheming seems at first horrible, particularly given Marina s youth, innocence, and recent near death experience But once we learn that she has the upper hand and can thwart their every attempt at selling her, even converting her clients to chivalry in the process, we realize the joke is on us as well as her pimps unlike in Measure for Measure, we may sit back and enjoy these well written scenes, safe in the knowledge that designed depravity cannot win the day Perhaps Shakespeare was too bored by the traditional story to put in the difficult human infusing effort for the leads, or maybe he just loved composing these common, comically tawdry characters above all others see also Falstaff of the Henry IV plays and the seedy Viennese personalities of Measure for Measure In any case, Act IV through the reunion scene of Act V is high grade Shakespeare interposed in a middling affair In mulling over the reunion scene, it seems difficult at first to justify such a positive response to melodrama And yet Shakespearean language can transform what ought to be overripe, rotting sentimentalism into something truly poignant As in the finale of The Winter s Tale, Pericles reunion with his daughter Marina achieves that Bard specific alchemy of aesthetic brilliance combined with human ardor and wonderment, leaving me well beyond any critical detachment Pericles realization is slow when at the penultimate moment of belief in the presence of his living daughter he cries out to his loyal friend O Helicanus strike me, honour d sir Give me a gash, put me to present pain Lest this great sea of joys rushing upon meO erbear the shores of my mortality,And drown me with their sweetness. it is evidence of the Bard s preternatural abilities that I want to rush in and present him, Pericles, that flattest of Shakespearean leads, with the final confirmation that yes his daughter lives and stands before him


  8. says:

    a shakespeare play with gratuitous pirates and a prostitute who talks men into finding religion what s not to love


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    Probably not one of the best among Shakespeare s plays, this romance is still quite enjoyable The version which I saw was recorded in 2015 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Stratford, Ontario, Canada It was extremely well acted and the presentation was beautiful Instead of employing John Gower as a narrator, a chorus of priestesses of Diana were introduced Some of the narration was even beautifully sung, a touch which I loved Many of the themes that Shakespeare was interested in make Probably not one of the best among Shakespeare s plays, this romance is still quite enjoyable The version which I saw was recorded in 2015 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Stratford, Ontario, Canada It was extremely well acted and the presentation was beautiful Instead of employing John Gower as a narrator, a chorus of priestesses of Diana were introduced Some of the narration was even beautifully sung, a touch which I loved Many of the themes that Shakespeare was interested in make another appearance in Pericles There is some exploration of what it takes to be a good ruler People are lost and found again Other people fall instantly in love a perennial happening in the Bard s plays And purity, beauty, and royalty are rescued from the disaster.For me, the most moving line was uttered by Pericles, when he finds the wife that he has believed dead for years He himself had pushed her coffin overboard during the storm When they are reunited, he declares, O, come, be buried a second time within these arms That one little sentence brought tears to my eyes.I can see where modern audiences might not be impressed by the lack of logic in several aspects of the play for instance, why does Pericles wife become a priestess of Diana instead of contacting him to let him know that she is alive Plus, the coincidence of Pericles, his queen, and his daughter, all ending up in one place at play s end is beyond belief Pericles acknowledges this when he cries, This, this No , you gods Your present kindness makes my past miseries sports If you are a fan of the Bard, I would recommend that you see Pericles performed If you are unsure about Shakespeare, try one of his better known plays, perhaps Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet, and if you enjoy those, consider seeing Pericles


  10. says:

    Ben Jonson called this a moldy tale He was being charitable It s rank Jacobean cheese The author, who wrote some fairly successful plays in the 1590s, never really lived up to his early promise Sad.

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