Pastoral Poetry: Arcadia Through the Ages

This Blog post was originally written as an article for The Society of Classical Poets, which can be found here: “Come live with me and be my Love, And we will all the pleasures prove That hills and valleys, dale and field, And all the craggy mountains yield.” —Christopher Marlowe These fervent lines are some … Continue reading Pastoral Poetry: Arcadia Through the Ages

Shakespeare and Determinism

Determinism has been a topic of literary fascination throughout the ages, from its role in Virgil’s Aeneid to Thomas Hardy’s novels. Shakespeare’s time was one when the free will debate was at its climax. Aquinas’ views on one side, Calvinist Theological Determinism on the other, the 16th Century was the era of many polemic publications … Continue reading Shakespeare and Determinism

Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre

Nicholas Hytner’s production of Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre has received a staggering amount of praise, and rightly so. One of the first at the new theatre which benefits from a beautiful view over the river Thames, it is a production that captivates, immerses, and impresses. What is so admirable about the production, though, … Continue reading Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre