Dan Sandman

09: Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

In Books, Fiction, Plays on 26/02/2016 at 12:00 pm

Coriolanus by William ShakespeareTen years is a good amount of time for you to decide that you want to gain a masters qualification. Now you are a fully realised adult with a different view of the world. The thousands of pounds you are paying for your course is coming out of your own pocket. Every hour of your reading is an hour well spent on an interesting subject. Books contain hidden codes that unlock the doors of time for you. Fiction works alongside history in a way which informs and enlightens you. Shakespeare’s plays are the turntable of your learning, turning you towards everything that follows and came before.

Excellent. Now you’re ready to read. First point of call: library; second: café.

Take print out of your tutor’s questions. Write ‘2. [3] Enter seven or eight CITIZENS’. Pen quotes. Start writing. Read critical essays in bed. Start editing. Press restart.

‘You must draw evidence for your argument from the text.’

SICINIUS To th’ Capitol, come. / We will be there before the stream o’ th’ people; / And this shall seem, as partly ’tis, their own, / Which we have goaded onward.

‘You need to show how your argument relates to wider reading.’

Now when this was ended, the flatterers of the people began to stir up sedition again, without any new occasion, or just matter of complaint (pp.17).

[Dan then goes on to write a significant part of his essay, drawing mostly on his recent close readings of the play ‘Coriolanus’ by William Shakespeare and ‘The Life of Caius Marcius Coriolanus’ by Plutarch (trans. by Thomas North). Sadly for regular readers of Dan’s book reviews (written throughout the years 2013, 2014 & 2015), this work has temporarily taken precedence over his book reviewing. If you wish to comment on this sudden change of creative direction, please write to the virtual address provided by your internet browser. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the disruption to your usual service, and are offering a free complimentary CD of Dan’s first album ‘In Technicolour’ (2007) as way of apology. Terms & conditions may apply or may not apply, depending on which way the wind will blow.]

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