Here we are again, another batch of mini-reviews that couldn’t possibly warrant their own review posts. This pbatch is mostly plays/poetry-oriented, as well as one DNF *le sigh*
- Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound
- William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors
- William Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis
- Charles Belfoure’s The Paris Architect
- William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor
Without further ado…
By: Percy Bysshe Shelley
One of the most ambitious dramatic poems ever written, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound tells the story of the Titan Prometheus who gave mankind the secret of fire in open defiance to the decrees of Zeus, and who, as punishment for this generosity, was chained to the Caucasus Mountains and exposed to horrible tortures. Inspired by the Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus, Shelley’s play serves as a sort of sequel, matching its Greek predecessor in stature and pure poetic power. It depicts its philanthropist hero’s ultimate triumph over the superstition and bigotry of the gods. As Shelley himself stated in his Defence of Poetry, Prometheus Unbound awakens and enlarges the mind.
I honestly wouldn’t have thought about picking up this dramatic play anytime in the near future except that it was mentioned in Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life (review) and my curiosity was piqued (turns out though that the lines Matthew recited was not from this dramatic poem but from another poem, “The Cloud” (read here), but anyway). It’s an intriguing play following Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound and it’s an intriguing look at humanity and nature, good and evil, freedom and enslavement, etc. It’s very lyrical–so much so that it’s very easy to get lost in the plot (pfft, do I even know the plot?). But it’s still very pretty to read with some very poignant passages here and there.
Oh, apparently The Painted Veil (review) got its title from a line in this epic. How did that detail from that novel slip my mind? 😛 Anyway, if you’re looking for some epic poetry to read with some really gorgeous passages, I think this is worth checking out 🙂