CORIOLANUS: Act I, II + half of III

LIMIT is 9: (8 members + me =9) - A REPEAT session of the  above  Jan. 20th  gathering that has already filled up.

The format will be one of providing guided teaching/presenting of Act 1, 2, and half of 3 of "Coriolanus" - while providing space for the group to discuss favorite quotes and passages, chosen for their poignancy and poetic beauty. The gathering is also focused on discussions of the universal social, spiritual and psychological - and in this case "political" insights that we can dig up!

Afsaneh

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  • Mary P.

    Shakespeare Uncovered Henry IV & V with Jeremy Irons premieres Friday Feb 1st on PBS.

    January 31, 2013

  • Mary P.

    This has been such a rich experience! Getting through Elizabethan English was always such an obstacle for me. What a delight to be discovering so many layer--in the play, the poetry, the history, the relevance to current issues..... I'm loving Shakepeare Lovers!

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • Zu

    I was becoming a better mind because of all this learning and sharing...Thank you. Thank you for being you.

    1 · January 29, 2013

    • Afsaneh M.

      Very glad of the benefits for you, Zu!

      January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It is quite a pleasure to talk about Shakespeare, explore his words, and enter into his world. It's also a privilege to be able to do so with a group of impassioned Shakespeare admirers. Thanks to Mary, Deanna, Zu and especially Afsaneh for a great evening with lots of Shakespeare.

    January 27, 2013

    • Deanna D.

      Dear Afsaneh, Joel, Mary-Pat, and Zu what a wonderful evening. I am sorry and was disappointed I had to leave before we had finished. I learned so much from all of you. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful insights, and, once again, Afsaneh thank you for all your many hours of work to prepare and provide us with such helpful materials - it is clearly a labor of love, and I want to acknowledge this labor and your incredible scholarship. Joel, thank you too for bringing your scholarship and deep understanding to the group. I am already reading Shakespeare in a new way!

      1 · January 28, 2013

    • Afsaneh M.

      Thank Deanna - indeed, the whole point of the group is to allow for a "deeper meaning" of the Play, and making sure we remain best "attuned to the poetic language!" Lovely seeing you, too!

      January 29, 2013

  • Afsaneh M.

    I really enjoyed tonight's gathering. We welcomed Joel, a new member, and Mary-Pat, Zu, and Deanna, were our returning members. We continue to talk about Shakespeare via Shakespeare - ie. the discussions are all evidenced around a quote from the play itself. Thanks for your great and informative insights! The 2nd half is in a month and look forward to wrapping up the play together.

    1 · January 27, 2013

  • Afsaneh M.

    "HONORABLE RIVALRY vs. CRAFTY VENGEANCE"


    The above theme is touched upon by Aufidius and his "emulation"/ ambitious rivalry - with Coriolanus. This rivalry however has for him lost its honorable qualities, and Aufidius no longer cares to fight "sword to sword" - happy to "potch"/ stab his rival via hate or dirty tricks:


    "Mine emulation
    Hath not that honor in't it had; for where
    I thought to crush him in an equal force,
    True sword to sword, I'll potch at him some way
    Or wrath or craft may get him." - Aufidius Act 1; Scene 10


    We'll look into what has caused this change in Aufidius in our gathering. In life this can happen, and it's fascinating to me how healthy and honorable rivalry can turn ugly and dishonorable.

    I try to dissect these universal jewels in our gatherings, with the help of a handout for all.... The minimum requirement is a familiarity with the play.

    Deanna, thanks and yes - that was an inspired essay!

    January 9, 2013

  • Deanna D.

    It was so interesting to discuss a Midsummer Night's Dream with the group. I am really looking forward to chewing on this next play at Panera (pun intended). But before moving on, I must rave about The Shakespeare Theatre's production of a Midsummer Night's Dream. I was able to catch it during its extended run. What genius all around - from the casting to the directing to the staging, the costumes, the lighting - it was was magical and comical and transporting. In the program, Drew Lichtenberg, STC's Literary Associate, wrote "Bottomless Dream or Palindromes and Palimpsests." His essay has had me dwelling on the brilliant structure of the play. Ah Shakespeare, from his sonnets to his plays he was a genius at rendering his stories and thoughts through disciplined structure and form. Amazing. I'm still chewing on it. I have a lot to digest before the next one...

    January 8, 2013

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