BEN JONSON EPICOENE PDF
Ben Jonson’s Epicoene. MARJORIE SWANN. Englishmen in the early modern period were obsessed with their bloodlines. “One of the most striking features of. Ben Jonson. This web edition published by [email protected]e. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of our knowledge, the text of. Epicoene has ratings and 22 reviews. sologdin said: principal antagonist is a ‘man who prefers no noise,’ which is an apt description of my
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Epicoene by Ben Jonson
Published March 1st by W. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Epicoeneplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 10, sologdin rated it liked it Shelves: Feb 26, Seph Roofbeams rated it it was ok Shelves: Sep 18, Erin BookNut rated it it ojnson ok Shelves: I really enjoyed this play. I was dreading reading this for class but really it is very enjoyable for the modern reader If you can get past the language. Apr 24, daydreamer epicoehe it epicosne was ok Shelves: I really didnt enjoy Epiceone very much.
Tons and tons of sexism about how women are sex animals and will sleep with anyone. Oct 07, Adam Kerker rated it it was ok.
Oct 03, Esdaile rated it really liked it Shelves: Ben Jonson must have been benn remarkable man, a true Renaissance man of letters and action who lived a full life and left us bfn masterpieces which are Volpone and The Epiciene.
His plays, especially the language of his plays, display a ribald colloquialism with tongue-in-cheek pedantry, often with hilarious results. It is unfair in my opinion to pronounce a final judgment on any play which one has not seen or heard performed and I have not had what I believe would have been the great pleasure of Ben Jonson must have been a remarkable man, a true Renaissance man of letters and action who lived a full life and left us the masterpieces which are Volpone and The Alchemist.
It is unfair in my opinion to pronounce a final judgment on any play which one has not seen or heard performed and I have not had what I believe would have been the great pleasure of having seen Epicene performed. The pace is fast, the wit sharp, the play is alive with humour and energy. Was Jonson his inspiration as Marlowe was to be an inspiration for Goethe and his Faust? This play of Jonson’s strikes me as a farewell to the Shakespearean codex of honour and high seriousness.
We are entering a world of ridicule and mistrust, where all is illusion, deception, playacting. To be sure, Shakespeare used this motif himself, epicoeene at the end gives us to understand that the situation is resolved, that right order has been restored. I think the audience or reader will have no such feeling at the end of Jonson’s comedies. The only constancy in this tale seems to be that of Morose himself who remains morose but has he not reason to be? He is dismissed at the end of the play beb more cruelty shown to him than to Malvolio at the end of Twelfth Night, a character with whom epicofne bears some resemblance.
The deception and sexual disguise does not play a restorative role here. It is jonsom as a stratagem, a successful one, by which Dauphine ensures that he will inherit his uncle’s estate. The language is inventive Jonson’s style is unique to him and entertaining, as we would expect from a Renaissance master of dramatic johson. I strongly suspect that Jonson took the proof of Shakespeare’s much disputed identity with him to the grave.
The key to this play too is a fatal false identity. I would approach him on woolen epiconee feet and invite him to use his eyes. I suspect that his bride to be was all the while silent or otherwise, decorus et pulcher in epivoene world where amor convalvat.
And did those dubious knights “know” a boy or were they simply shameful liars? This comedy invites us to speculate as well and divise our own divergencies and conclusions.
Epicene: Stage History
It’s not eicoene that there are no reviews for this play. What could a modern reader really have to say about it? This is a city comedy about changing customs, idiosyncratic behaviors, unusual events, and laughable tropes happening in London in the first epicene of the seventeenth century.
It’s like a Jobson episode of “Family Guy. Just as an example, most of the jokes in the final scenes of the play are in Latin. Usually I see in reviews of Elizabethan plays on goodreads concessions such as, “At least the poetry was nice. What is there that the modern layman can still enjoy? The Morose character, who abhors all noise except the sound of his own voice, uonson a clever enough creation, and one can imagine that a scene in which he forces his servant to communicate with him through a series of intricate head wags and leg motions like a horse counting by tapping his hoof, perhaps?
But those amusing rpicoene become fewer as the play progresses. If you’re interested in a Ben Jonson play that can still be appreciated today, read The Alchemist, a comedy about London in that doesn’t rely so heavily on evanescent fashions.
Dec 15, Jesse rated it it was amazing. Epicoene, a supposedly very silent woman, is married to Morose, a man who loves silence; and the rest of the comedy, which satirizes pretensions to learning, epicene, and opulence, slowly, with expert handling on Jonson’s part, breaks down the patience of Morose – and the humor of the climactic test of patience, where Cutbeard and Otter quibble over Latin legal terms, isn’t lost on anyone for lack of Latin, for the senselessness of arguing over terms is universally appreciated, and the impatience of Morose, as a result, can be keenly felt by all; and in this wonderful scene, the misogyny of Morose is hilariously reversed when he himself is forced to state, “I am no man!
Jan 13, American Shakespeare Center rated it it was amazing Shelves: I always want to like Jonson – he was such a badass – but I usually find myself disappointed with his plays and their concern with manners, overwrought humor, and general insider-joke-ness a word that will not be epixoene up beh the OED anytime soon.
Admittedly, Morose’s aversion to noise and the subsequent attempts to terrorize him with trumpets and the like are amusing, but not enough to make up for the fact that this play is hard to follow, rarely funny, and tailored to a specific audience th I always want to like Jonson – he was such a badass – but I usually find myself disappointed with his plays and their concern with manners, overwrought humor, and general insider-joke-ness a word that will not be showing up in the OED anytime soon.
Admittedly, Morose’s aversion to noise and the subsequent attempts to terrorize him with trumpets and the like are amusing, but not enough to make up for the fact that this play is hard to follow, rarely funny, and tailored to a specific audience that is – in no way – a 21st century audience.
Sep 07, John Yeoman rated it it was amazing. This is a post-modern play, years before its time!
The joke in the last jnoson where the ‘silent woman’ is revealed to be a boy was so shocking, for the theatrical conventions of the time, that grown men fainted in the aisles. As Drummond noted acerbically: But the parvenue Jonson – elitist to the last – was pulling his nose at his audience.
And the result is delicious. Aug 12, Rachel Brand rated it really liked jondon Shelves: Finally, a book on this course that I’ve actually enjoyed reading! It dragged on in places and the characters were all horribly cruel to each other, but otherwise this play was rather amusing. Let’s just see if I enjoy it as much once I’ve written an essay on it Read this play for my 17th Century British Prose and Poetry class. Very funny in the end. I was intrigued by all the plots being weaved by the characters and wondered why in the world everything was happening as it did.
Finished it in one sitting. Sep 27, Mike Jensen rated it it was amazing.
Fantastic edition of a fantastic and underknown comedy. Get to know it. Nov 04, John rated it it was ok. A jumbled, turgid thing. With the big pay-off epiconee that the main female character was actually a man.
Jan 21, Amy Wolf rated it it was amazing. One of the best farces ever. Everyone in this play is a complete buffoon, especially the husband, Morose. Turns out the silent wife has more of a clue than anyone else. Kirsty Sinclair rated it liked it May 30, J rated it liked it Aug 06, bn Kimberly rated it liked it Jul 26, Mendoza rated it liked it Nov 12, Meera rated it liked it Jul 04, Leah rated it really liked it Nov 07, Andie rated it it was amazing Aug 04, epcoene Sara Azul rated epiconee liked it Dec 02, Katherine rated it really liked it Jan 13, Vicky rated it really liked it Aug 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Benjamin Jonson was an English Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor.