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" tis most certain, Iras. Saucy lictors Will catch at us, like strumpets ; and scald rhymers Ballad us out o' tune : the quick comedians Extemporally will stage us, and present Our Alexandrian revels : Antony Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall... "
The Dramatic Works and Poems of William Shakespeare, with Notes, Original ... - Page 304
by William Shakespeare - 1831
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 41

Stanley Wells - Drama - 2002 - 312 pages
...Mechanic slaves With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers shall Uplift us to the view . . . The quick comedians Extemporally will stage us, and present...shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness Г th' posture of a whore. (5.2.2o4-7, 212-17) As many have noted, the phrase 'boy my greatness' is an...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 26

Kenneth Muir - Drama - 2002 - 208 pages
...Iras. Saucy lictors Will catch at us like strumpets, and scald rhymers Ballad us out o' tune; the quick comedians Extemporally will stage us, and present...shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I' th' posture of a whore. (v, i1, 206-20)' Cleopatra dazzlingly holds up a mirror to the world of...
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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy

Claire McEachern - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 274 pages
...Octavius, Cleopatra imagines herself a captive in Rome, chief trophy amongst the victor's spoils: The quick comedians Extemporally will stage us and present Our...shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I'th'posture of a whore. (5.2.215-20) The Egyptian queen pictures this public display in the terms...
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Shakespeare's Tragic Skepticism

Millicent Bell - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 283 pages
...affair: Saucy lictors Will catch at us like strumpets, and scald rhymers Ballad us out o' tune. The quick comedians Extemporally will stage us and present Our...shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I' th' posture of a whore. Once more, the theater metaphor reminds us of the view Shakespeare seems...
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Greek and Roman Actors: Aspects of an Ancient Profession

Pat Easterling, Edith Hall, Lecturer Department of Classics Edith Hall - History - 2002 - 510 pages
...she and Antony will become the subjects of ribald, cross-dressed comedy at Rome (5.2.216): The quick comedians extemporally will stage us and present our...shall see some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I' th' posture of a whore. But it is not just general accounts of ancient actors' performances that...
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Speech and Performance in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Plays

David Schalkwyk, Academic Director of Global Shakespeare David Schalkwyk - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 262 pages
...Iras. Saucy lictors Will catch at us like strumpets, and scald rhymers Ballad us out o' tune. The quick comedians Extemporally will stage us, and present...shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I' th' posture of a whore. (5.2.210-17)" The 'impossible' perception of both aspects at the same time...
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Shame in Shakespeare

Ewan Fernie - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 274 pages
...popular entertainments - ballads and the like - this ironic suggestion becomes more explicit: the quick comedians Extemporally will stage us and present Our...shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I'the posture of a whore. (5.2.215-20) These words must be imagined in the mouth of the Jacobean boy...
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The Imperial Theme

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 392 pages
...knows the Roman stage will parody their love, emphasizing its more material forms: . . . the quick comedians, Extemporally will stage us, and present...shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I' the posture of a whore. (v. ii. 216) The love theme is closely welded with all this. The more spiritual...
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Before Orientalism: London's Theatre of the East, 1576-1626

Richmond Barbour - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 238 pages
...intolerable complement to such exposure would be her enforced viewing of her impersonation: The quick comedians Extemporally will stage us and present Our...shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I'th'posture of a whore. (5.2.215-20) Royal self-presentation is a "mystery of state" because its mimicry...
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Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright

Patrick Cheney, Patrick Gerard Cheney, Cheney Patrick - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 319 pages
...written poetry, see Entcrline, Rhetoric, 188-97. scald rhymers [will] Ballad 's out a' tune. The quick comedians Extemporally will stage us, and present...shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness F th" posture of a whore. (Antony and Cleopatra, 5. 2. 215-21) Recent criticism has made a good deal...
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