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University of Toronto St. George
Terry Robinson

For Wednesdayread Dryden from An Essay of Dramatick Poesie 1668 Part Iit is on blackboardTragedyTragedy is a form of drama exciting the emotions of pity and fear Its action should be single and complete presenting a reveal of fortune involving persons renowned and of superior attainments and it should be written in poetry embellished with every king of artistic expressionCatharsisThe process of releasing an thereby providing relief from strong or repressed emotions It is the purging or sweeping away of pity and fear aroused in a spectator by the tragic action This can have a pleasurable effectHamartiaa tragic flow in a protagonistHubrisexcessive pride or selfconfidenceOctavius and Antony Actium was the beginning of the endCleopatraseen as the instigator of that downfall30 BCEits been one year since the battle of Actium53 vs 33Background of the history between Antony and CleopatraShe wasnt pure and perfect when he got herShe was Caesars mistressHe puts her in a hierarchy ladderShe said she saved her heart for herHe may have had my body but you conquered my heartThe idea of conquering and hierarchyTragedydifferent in tone approach everythingwhat a precious worddignity and value on violence bereavement destructionused in a wide spread mannerthis claims that this event or this death was exceptional in some waybut these special events are in our eyes and ears every dayirony theyre so pervasive in every day life
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