Literary Tales Ep. 10: Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”

In this lecture of literary tales we explore Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, principally in Shakespeare's dialectic of the coldness of politics (embodied by Ocatvian/Augustus Caesar) and the rapturous ecstasy of love (embodied by our titular tragic protagonists Antony and Cleopatra). This lecture explores the theme of love and politics (covered in this lecture) in fuller … Continue reading Literary Tales Ep. 10: Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”

Literary Tales Ep. 9: Shakespeare on Love & War

In this half hour lecture of Literary Tales, we explore William Shakespeare's thematic dialectical contrast of love and war, primarily through his plays Henry V and Richard III. Continuing, somewhat, from our exploration of Shakespeare's contrast of love and politics, we return to the theme of power (politics) vs. love (self-giving, life-giving, and flesh uniting). … Continue reading Literary Tales Ep. 9: Shakespeare on Love & War