5 comments10 Mar 2003 @ 12:23 by catana : Down through the ages
The Greek dramatists still speak to us. Even though Shakespeare is closer to us in time, I think the Greek may be more universal in their meanings.
10 Mar 2003 @ 16:05 by quidnovi : Denmark's a prison
Rosencrantz: Then is the world one.
Hamlet: A goodly one, in which there are many confines, wards, and dungeons...
Rosencrantz: We think not so, my lord.
Hamlet: Why, then 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. To me it is a prison.
(Hamlet. II.ii )
There s daggers in mens smiles.
(Macbeth. II. iii)
The earth hath bubbles as the water has,
And these are of them.
(Macbeth. I. iii)
... a tale
told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
(Macbeth. V. iv)
I say there is no darkness but ignorance.
(Twelfth Night. IV.ii)
10 Mar 2003 @ 16:27 by catana : Clarification
I was thinking about my comment after I posted it, and wondered why it had occured to me that the Greeks might have more univeral appeal than Shakespeare. Granted, The Bard is full of insight, but it's hard to get at for the average reader. Part of the problem language. We can't tamper with Shakespeare's language because it's too closely entwined with what makes him great. But it does take work to get through the archaisms and the sometimes oblique structure. The advantage of the Greek plays is that they *must* be translated into something resembling contemporary speech, and so are more accessible.
Aside from language is intent. Shakespeare had to entertain, where the Greek tragedies had a specific, ritualistic purpose: to bring about catharsis and unite the audience in something enobling. The spare structure of the plays worked toward that end, avoiding unnecessary plot complications.
Having said all that, I have to admit it's been a long time since I've read the Greeks, so may be way off track. :-)
11 Mar 2003 @ 03:10 by ashanti : _
11 Mar 2003 @ 10:11 by shawa : Hehehehe
...Am still going around and around in the Metareligion website...;-)
¿Es un sitio muy informativo, verdad? ¡Y incluye una versión en español, también!