Lectures on Shakespeare

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Princeton University Press, 2002. szept. 29. - 398 oldal

"W. H. Auden, poet and critic, will conduct a course on Shakespeare at the New School for Social Research beginning Wednesday. Mr. Auden has announced that in his course . . . he proposes to read all Shakespeare's plays in chronological order." The New York Times reported this item on September 27, 1946, giving notice of a rare opportunity to hear one of the century's great poets comment on one of the greatest poets of all time. Published here for the first time, these lectures now make Auden's thoughts on Shakespeare available widely.


Painstakingly reconstructed by Arthur Kirsch from the notes of students who attended, primarily Alan Ansen, who became Auden's secretary and friend, the lectures afford remarkable insights into Shakespeare's plays as well as the sonnets.


A remarkable lecturer, Auden could inspire his listeners to great feats of recall and dictation. Consequently, the poet's unique voice, often down to the precise details of his phrasing, speaks clearly and eloquently throughout this volume. In these lectures, we hear Auden alluding to authors from Homer, Dante, and St. Augustine to Kierkegaard, Ibsen, and T. S. Eliot, drawing upon the full range of European literature and opera, and referring to the day's newspapers and magazines, movies and cartoons. The result is an extended instance of the "live conversation" that Auden believed criticism to be. Notably a conversation between Auden's capacious thought and the work of Shakespeare, these lectures are also a prelude to many ideas developed in Auden's later prose--a prose in which, one critic has remarked, "all the artists of the past are alive and talking among themselves."


Reflecting the twentieth-century poet's lifelong engagement with the crowning masterpieces of English literature, these lectures add immeasurably to both our understanding of Auden and our appreciation of Shakespeare.

 

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Far too pompous and long winded. Some accuse Auden of making things too common and accessible. Not only do I not agree that that is possible, I certainly do not agree he did it. Not in this book of ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása

LECTURES ON SHAKESPEARE

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Lectures on Shakespeare delivered by British poet and critic Auden in 1946 at the New School for Social Research in New York, carefully reconstructed by Kirsch from students' notes.While Auden ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása

Tartalomjegyzék

Henry VI Parts One Two and Three
3
Richard III
13
The Comedy of Errors and The Two Gentlemen of Verona
23
Loves Labours Lost
33
Romeo and Juliet
44
A Midsummer Nights Dream
53
The Taming of the Shrew King John and Richard II
63
The Merchant of Venice
75
Measure for Measure
185
Othello
195
Macbeth
208
King Lear
219
Antony and Cleopatra
231
Coriolanus
243
Timon of Athens
255
Pericles and Cymbeline
270

Sonnets
86
Henry IV Parts One and Two and Henry V
101
Much Ado About Nothing
113
The Merry Wives of Windsor
124
Julius Caesar
125
As You Like It
138
Twelfth Night
152
Hamlet
159
Troilus and Cressida
166
Alls Well That Ends Well
181
The Winters Tale
284
The Tempest
296
Concluding Lecture
308
Audens Saturday Discussion Classes
321
Fall Term Final Examination
341
Audens Markings in Kittredge
347
Textual Notes
363
Index
391
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Arthur Kirsch, Alice Griffin Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, is the author of many books, including The Passions of Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes and Shakespeare and the Experience of Love, and the editor of several others.

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