The Tragedy Of Coriolanus

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i Citizen. Should by the cormorant belly be restrain'd, Who is the sink o' the body,— Menenius. Well, what then ? i Citizen. The former agents, if they did complain, What could the belly answer? Menenius. I will tell you; If you ...
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This is an OCR edition with typos.
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i Citizen. Should by the cormorant belly be restrain'd, Who is the sink o' the body,— Menenius. Well, what then ? i Citizen. The former agents, if they did complain, What could the belly answer? Menenius. I will tell you; If you '11 bestow a small—of what you have little— Patience awhile, you '11 hear the belly's answer. i Citizen. Ye 're long about it. Menenius. Note me this, good friend; Your most grave belly was deliberate, i Not rash like his accusers, and thus answer'd: ' True is it, my incorporate friends,' quoth he, ' That I receive the general food at first, Which you do live upon; and fit it is, Because I am the store-house and the shop Of the whole body : but, if you do remember, I send it through the rivers of your blood, Even to the court, the heart, to the seat o' the brain ; And, through the cranks and offices of man, 130 The strongest nerves and small-inferior veins From me receive that natural competency Whereby they live. And though that all at once, You, my good friends,'—this says the belly, mark me,— i Citizen. Ay, sir; well, well. Menenius. ' Though all at once cannot See what I do deliver out to each, Yet I can make my audit up, that all From me do back receive the flour of all, And leave me but the bran.' What say you to 't ? i Citizen. It was an answer; how apply you this? 140 Menenius. The senators of Rome are this good belly, And you the mutinous members; for examine Their counsels and their cares, digest things rightly Touching the weal o' the common, you shall find No public benefit which you receive But it proceeds or comes from them to you, And no way from yourselves.—What do you think, You, the great toe of this assembly? i Citizen. I the great toe ! why the great toe ? Menenius. For th...

The New Revised Signet Classic edition of Shakespeare's rich ironic tragedy includes a new comprehensive stage history by Schoenbaum of notable actors, directors and productions of Coriolanus, plus a special introduction by the editor.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The ultimate Shakespeare tool for high school classrooms. This last of Shakespeare's tragedies derives from the writings of Plutarch. The story goes that General Coriolanus was ejected from Rome by an angry mob and sought revenge by aligning himself with Rome's enemies. Ultimately, his defection leads to his death. However, what sets one edition of a Shakespeare play apart from any other edition? The difference, in this case, is in the instructional details. This volume begins with a Cliff Notes-like summary (although definitely a literary cut above); a detailed description of critical characters in the play; a scene-by-scene breakdown of how the play evolves; and a longer commentary on each scene. The play is formatted in columns so that the obscure Shakespearean phrases are explained on the same visual line. The book concludes with the Plutarch source text, and offers criticisms, questions, and historical perspective for classroom discussion. In all, a very comprehensive study aid and if this play is not your cup of Earl Grey, the series includes more accessible works from the Bard. 1999, Oxford University Press, Ages 14 to Adult, $7.95. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
Library Journal
Penguin chose to revamp its venerable Pelican Shakespeare line in 1999. The updated series includes more accurate texts and new introductions by the current crop of leading Shakespearean scholars. The good stuff just gets better with age. (Classic Returns, LJ 10/15/99) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
YA-- Four more useful volumes accessible to high-school students of Shakespeare. Each includes a stage history, a critical history, and a few short critical analyses by the authors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781286132081
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 4/18/2012
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Brian Parker is Professor of English, Trinity College, University of Toronto.

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