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10 thoughts on “The Duchess of Malfi

  1. says:

    This play, the finest Jacobean drama outside the Shakespeare canon, is not only a gem of poetry and wit, but also a meditation on the vanity of public life and the inevitability of death The satiric prose is filled with such poetic imagery and the subtle verse is so sharp in its commentary that each individual use of language complements all the others The reader is surprised to find in such a merciless play so much goodness and such tender love scenes Perhaps that is part of the reason why, This play, the finest Jacobean drama outside the Shakespeare canon, is not only a gem of poetry and wit, but also a meditation on the vanity of public life and the inevitability of death The satiric prose is filled with such poetic i...


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    Life is a desperate business carried on by demented apes and ending in a welter of blood and shit Everybody knows this,or less, but it doesn t hurt to be reminded now and then That, as I take it, is one of the modest functions of literature, reassuring us that we re all down here in the hole together, manning the pumps Then again, I m just a guy with a laptop and a Starbucks card, so what do I know So here s another thing I learned from Webster I happened to read The Duchess of Malfi i Life is a desperate business carried on by demented apes and ending in a welter of blood and shit Everybody know...


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    Other sins only speak, murder shreiks out The element of water moistens the earth,But blood flies upwards and bedews the heavens.Oh mercy, revenge upon the cursed Vengeful in five sumptuous acts of poetry, racy bits and bloodshed The initial revengers are a creepy pair of powerful brothers miffed that their sis has moved on from bereavement and is now happily shacking up They enlist the world s most literate assassin for the wet work I began this a month ago and made it half way I started ov Other sins only speak, murder shreiks out The element of water moistens the earth,But blood flies upwards and bedews the heavens.Oh mercy, revenge upon the cursed Vengeful in five sumptuous acts of poetry, racy bits and bloodshed The initial revengers are a creepy pair of powerful brothers miffed tha...


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    Black birds fatten best in hard weather It s a still performed play in our days Though its best place for representation had been, for long, the Blacks Friars Theater According to scholar James Shapiro, it s a story of intrigue and murder a bloody dark work of 1623 Webster surely based his story on a real one the real Giovanna D Aragona, who in 1493 married the regent, soon to die She had two brothers Yet Giovanna had a se...


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    First thoughts THANK GOD THIS IS OVER WITH AUGH.My God My brain hurts.MY ANGER HURTS Also just a forerunner Everything after this will be going full tilt into spoilers So if you don t want to see them, skip ahead to where the bold asterisks mark the continuation spot please I read this play and I sit there and I m like NOTHING IS HAPPY NOTHING ALL OF IT IS BULL.And no, seriously It s all bull The entire story is about a woman who has been recently widowed and her two high ranking br First thoughts THANK GOD THIS IS OVER WITH AUGH.My God My brain hurts.MY ANGER HURTS Also just a forerunner Everything after this will be going full tilt into spoilers So if you don t want to see them, skip ahead to where the bold asterisks mark the continuation spot please I read this play and I sit there and I m like NOTHING IS HAPPY NOTHING ALL OF IT IS BULL.And no, seriously It s all bull The entire story is about a woman who has been recently widowed and her two high ranking brothers One is a prince, the other a cardinal So they re both pretty high up there in terms of social status But they re both corrupt as the devil And the one brother, Ferdinand, is hell bent on never letting his sister remarry Why I WISH I KNEW D8They spew some c...


  6. says:

    A great play, I have been lucky enough to see it performed twice The most recent was with the wonderful Gemma Artherton playing the lead role at the Wannamaker theatre.


  7. says:

    Catching up with the classics 31Really almost a 2 I m not really sure how I feel about this play It just seemed like pointless violence and hatred.


  8. says:

    This was heartbreaking.


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This play, the work of John Webster, a master of Jacobean tragedy, was first produced in London in 1614.Act I Although there are characters here who are dangerous Bosola, the Cardinal, Ferdinand the most memorable are the Duchess herself, sister of the...


  10. says:

    Everybody s favourite Jacobean tragedy other than those by Shakespeare , really the only one that is played today with any regularity, The Duchess of Malfi has it all a good story, great writing, enough comedy to keep it entertaining, complex characters, quotable lines and superb stagecraft There is even horror, but not the gratuitous bloodiness of earlier plays That severed hand with the ring is unbeatable There is some problem with our not having a clean copy of the play Even John Webste Everybody s favourite Jacobean tragedy other than those by Shakespeare , really the only one that is played today with any regularity, The Duchess of Malfi has it all a good story, great writing, enough comedy to keep it entertaining, complex characters, quotable lines and superb stagecraft There is even horror, but not the gratuitous bloodiness of earlier plays That severed hand with the ring is unbeatable There is some problem with our not having a clean copy of the play Even John Webster complained of other writers inserting their own text That might explain at least some plot inconsistencies Was Duke Ferdinand the older brother of the duchess, or her younger twin Does it matter It might, if it affects why Ferdinand tried to prevent his widowed sister from remarrying He could not have been behaving like an older brother if he was her twin Nor could he have felt they had some kind of mystical blood connection as twins if he was the first bor...


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The Duchess of Malfi More Widely Studied And Frequently Performed Than Ever Before, John Webster S The Duchess Of Malfi Is Here Presented In An Accessible And Thoroughly Up To Date Edition Based On The Revels Plays Text, The Notes Have Been Augmented To Cast Further Light Both On Webster S Amazing Dialogue And On The Stage Action An Entirely New Introduction Sets The Tragedy In The Context Of Pre Civil War England And Gives A Revealing View Of Its Imagery And Dramatic Action From Its Well Documented Early Performances To The Two Productions Seen In The West End Of London In The 1995 96 Season, A Stage History Gives An Account Of The Play In Performance Students, Actors, Directors And Theatre Goers Will All Find Here A Reappraisal Of Webster S Artistry In The Greatest Age Of English Theatre, Which Highlights Why It Has Lived On Stage With Renewed Force In The Last Decades Of The Twentieth Century.

  • Paperback
  • 134 pages
  • The Duchess of Malfi
  • John Webster
  • English
  • 20 January 2017
  • 0393900916

About the Author: John Webster

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