Some theatre each day keeps the doctor away…

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Saw Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tonight.  Rather nice.  Rather spectacular.  I liked Mary Poppins better, though, I think.

Finished reading The Iliad this morning.  For some reason I was under the impression that the story of the Trojan Horse would be in it, though after some searching I’ve discovered that it’s in The Aeneid instead.

I thought the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus quite intriguing, mainly because Homer seems to go as far as possible without specifically eroticising it, yet that is clearly the implication, one thinks.  (Or one is thinking of it through the modern lens and so there’s nothing erotic about it at all.)  Always on the lookout for interesting stories, I did a bit of internet searching only to discover that Shakespeare got their first in Troilus and Cressida (which I have yet to read/hear/see).  Bastard.  He thought they were lovers, though, apparently.  Or portrayed them as such, anyway.  (Not that that is any proof either way – the man who wrote Venus and Adonis (and the sonnets) is probably a tad predisposed towards seeing the erotic in such a relationship, methinks.)  Besides which, love always makes things more interesting.  Just being really good friends doesn’t quite cut the dramatic mustard.

Started The Canterbury Tales, and have read the Prologue and the Knight’s Tale.  Reading the Nevill Coghill translation, and finding it surprisingly accessible.

The thing about poetry is that it feels like you’re getting through the pages much faster than when reading a novel.  (Presumably because you are.)

Reading the Knight’s Tale, I thought, “now there’s a story that’s crying out for a stage adaptation”.  And Shakespeare got there first with The Two Noble Kinsmen.  (Yet another I’ve never seen/read/heard.)  God!  (Then again, does anyone ever perform it?  Maybe it needs an update…)


Written by epistemysics

November 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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