Picked this up back when I was entertaining dreams of getting my Master's in something interesting rather than functional.. Seems could probably benef...morePicked this up back when I was entertaining dreams of getting my Master's in something interesting rather than functional.. Seems could probably benefit still from reading it .. one of these day.(less)
My daughter's English class' next book assignment. So, early preparation is key! I approach Shakespeare with trepidation. But this is kind of the most...moreMy daughter's English class' next book assignment. So, early preparation is key! I approach Shakespeare with trepidation. But this is kind of the most 'fun' one, carrying as it does so much superstition in the theater world, and having ghosts and witches and whatnot. And this edition looks like it makes it as manageable as possible.
After: on multiple levels: yuck. The three portents were familiar, must have read this in high school too. Noted this time the Christian terminology; and the notes mention that this may have been an aspect of the witch hunts which tore through multiple communities in paroxysms of hate. And there's a derogatory reference to Irish soldiers. Apart from all that, violence and evil within comes out and causes much grief and damage and then is answered. Thinking not to read this many more times hopefully.
It's interesting about how Macbeth wrote this in answer to King James I giving him praise and societal position etc.., and so changed details of what was presented accordingly.
Was fun to unlock the language to an extent though!(less)
How did I never run into Joyce at any level in approximately 24 years of some-kind-of-schooling going on? I mean, I heard of him, but not through scho...moreHow did I never run into Joyce at any level in approximately 24 years of some-kind-of-schooling going on? I mean, I heard of him, but not through school at all I don't think. So wrong. So so so wrong. I believe he's only within my radar now due to Goodreads! Thank goodness for all of you. So, finally, I'm preparing to make a start at beginning. And after some moments at M&Q, it appears that this makes a good precursor to Ulysses, as this character (somewhat autobiographical, apparently) also is there, at the beginning atleast. And will be an intro to his zany, richly-laden style and all. I'd still also like to read my daughter's English books this year (or future eons, more realistically, but what the heck. No harm wanting) - Dante, Heart of Darkness, Lysistrata, Zorba the Greek; but am thinking to have Joyce on as my backdrop through all of that. To venture out from and return to. We'll see..
A snippet that fascinates me: (no quotation marks, since Joyce hated those) --Nothing stirred within his soul but a cold and cruel and loveless lust. His childhood was dead or lost and with it his soul capable of simple joys, and he was drifting amid life like the barren shell of the moon.
Art thou pale for weariness Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth, Wandering companionless... ?
He repeated to himself the lines of Shelley's fragment. It's alternation of sad human ineffectualness with vast inhuman cycles of activity chilled him, an dhe forgot his won human and ineffectual grieving. --
To affect himself internally through literature like that, wow. I've always felt that intense readers make the best writers.. (less)