Love’s Metamorphoses : A love comedy mixing gods and humans in parallel situations which is dense, choric, and transparent, memorably unfolding in pattern, structure and tone that give even its moral candour a haunting sense of beauty: It surely is one of the most unjustly neglected plays in English literature.
Play is set in Arcadia, and is about Ceres and three of her nymphs, Nisa, Celia, and Niobe; the three foresters or shepherds who love them, Ramis, Montanus, and Silvestris; and Cupid. Cupid punishes the nymphs for their disrespect of the shepherds, by transforming them into a rock, a rose, and a bird. Continue reading Love’s Metamorphoses
It is a comedy where wayward young men and their ingenious servants outwit their more prudential elders in bringing their love affairs to a successful conclusion. It is a work of farce and social realism. Play turns on the issue of misconceptions surrounding the efforts of four fathers to secure socially advantageous marriages for their heirs, and the determination of their young servants to exploit their masters’ misguided aspirations for their own advantage. The play is of particular interest to twenty-first century criticism for its focus upon those situated on the margins of the social group, notably Mother Bombie herself, thought by some to be a witch, and the two simpletons whose marital prospects lie at the heart of the action… Continue reading Mother Bombie, A Pleasant Conceited Comedy (1594)
Midas: Midas is an Elizabethan era stage play by John Lyly. It is taken from two separate tales in Ovid’s Metamorphoses XI– the Golden Touch and the Ass’s Ears. The play first portrays Midas’s mistaken choice of a private end, the accumulation of wealth for its own sake and as a means of financing lechery and aggression, and then suggests the difficulties this causes in the governing of his kingdom…. Continue reading Midas (1592)