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Soliloquy with Shakespeare Vladimír Holan

Soliloquy with Shakespeare

Vladimír Holan

Published March 8th 2007
ISBN : 9781845491864
Paperback
72 pages
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 About the Book 

Vladimir Holan esteemed Shakespeare as the greatest poet of all time and wrote this soliloquy as a dignified tribute to the genius of the Bard of Avon. As in all Holans writings, love, sex, religion, fear and death form the constant thematic make-upMoreVladimir Holan esteemed Shakespeare as the greatest poet of all time and wrote this soliloquy as a dignified tribute to the genius of the Bard of Avon. As in all Holans writings, love, sex, religion, fear and death form the constant thematic make-up of this soliloquy. His clever allegory, which he often repeats, as if to reinforce its impact, and the prolific use of the double entendr and Shakespearean-style impertinence are absolutely fascinating. A Night with Hamlet is Holan at his best - chatting away to Hamlet. Then, after a long verse about fear, he introduces the conversation between Orpheus and Eurydice, when Eurydice - contrary to Greek mythology - is allowed to join Orpheus, as if some hope for life and love still remained. Alas, not for long, because the Stygian soliloquy soon returns. Holan refers to A Night with Ophelia as a fragment, which makes us wonder whether he ever intended to finish this work, or whether he always wanted it to be just that - a fragment. We shall never know.