Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays
Canon Press & Book Service, 1996 - 286 pages
Shakespeare was, as Caesar says of Cassius, "a great observer," able to see and depict patterns of events and character. He understood how politics is shaped by the clash of men with various colorings of self-interest and idealism, how violence breeds violence, how fragile human beings create masks and disguises for protection, how schemers do the same for advancement, how love can grow out of hate and hate out of love. Dare anyone say that these insights are irrelevant to living in the real world? For many in an older generation, the Bible and the Collected Shakespeare were the two indispensable books, and thus their sense of life and history was shaped by the best and best-told stories. And they were the wiser for it. Literature abstracts from the complex events of life (just as we all do in everyday life) and can reveal patterns that are like the patterns of events in the real world. Studying literature can give us sensitivity to those patterns. This sensitivity to the rhythm of life is closely connected with what the Bible calls wisdom.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - StJulian - LibraryThing
I am re-reading this presently. What an absolute gem! Leithhart takes the text and "unpacks" it as our British friends say, using the sense of the lines to reveal to us the meanings he believes ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcwords - LibraryThing
Okay, but not as good as I hoped. If you're not familiar with Shakespeare, it would probably be quite helpful. Read full review
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