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Bussy D'Ambois

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The Tragedy of Bussy D'Ambois (1603-07) is a Jacobean stage play written by George Chapman. Classified as either a tragedy or "contemporary history," Bussy D'Ambois is widely considered Chapman's greatest play, & is the earliest in a series of plays that Chapman wrote about the French political scene in his era, including the sequel The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, the ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published August 20th 1999 by Manchester University Press (first published 1607)
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James
Mar 01, 2016 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, plays, sacred-wood
A play of intense poetic moments and stunning virtuosity. Rarely does one come across passages more striking than this:

'Were I the man ye wrong'd so and provoked,
(Though ne're so much beneath you) like a box tree
I would out of the roughnesse of my root
Ramme hardnesse in my lownesse, and, like death
Mounted on earthquakes, I would trot through all
Honors and horrors, thorow foule and faire,
And from your whole strength toss you into the aire.'

That 'Mounted on earthquakes' is so vivid, one can easily
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Apr 06, 2016 Ahenobarbus rated it it was amazing
There is a certain sinew & vigor in this poetry -- as one finds elsewhere in Chapman certainly -- that is a wonder to behold but potentially a devil to portray. The ascending flights of rhetoric on display, often sharply imagined, often woven like a net that demands admiration & subtle un-picking, must have been impressive & confounding to audiences. Dryden was a happy captive in the knots early on but snarled at the play's snares in later years. (Quote to come.)
Stunning & gigan
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Jul 15, 2016 M.L. Rio rated it did not like it
Flamboyant villains, idiot courtiers, and rampant misogyny, without enough cleverness to make any of that entertaining. Why, Chapman. Why.
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George Chapman (c. 1559 – 12 May 1634) was an English dramatist, translator, and poet. He was a classical scholar whose work shows the influence of Stoicism. Chapman has been identified as the Rival Poet of Shakespeare's sonnets by William Minto, and as an anticipator of the Metaphysical Poets of the 17th century. Chapman is best remembered for his translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey (as com ...more
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