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What are some examples of poetic imagery in Julius Caesar?

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 18, 2013 at 5:12 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many examples of poetic imagery throughout Shakespeare'sJulius Caesar. Here are a few:

FLAVIUS
These growing feathers plucked from Caesar's wing
Will make him fly an ordinary pitch,
Who else would soar above the view of men
And keep us all in servile fearfulness. (I.2.72-75)

(The line numbers will vary in different editions of the play. The line numbers shown in this answer refer to The Pelican Shakespeare.)

CASSIUS
Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
To find ourselves dishonorable graves. (I.2.136-139)

BRUTUS
But 'tis a common proof
That lowliness is young ambition's ladder,
Whereto the dlimber-upward turns his face;
But when he once attains the upmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend. (II.1.21-27)

ANTONY
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry "havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war,
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial. (III.1.273-278)

The word "carrion" generally refers to animals that have died in the open and are being eaten by numerous scavengers such as wolves, jackels, rodents, vultures, storks, ravens, magpies, and all sorts of insects. But Antony has seen war and is thinking of the scene after a battle when dead and dying men are scattered all over the earth in various postures. There are often too many of them to be treated or buried. Often the war has moved on, leaving them behind, and they will become carrion along with their dead and dying horses.

ANTONY
Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabbed;
And as he plucked his cursed steel away,
Mark how the blood of Caesar followed it,
As rushing out of doors to be resolved
If Brutus so unkindly knocked or no --  (III.2.173-177)

Julius Caesaris full of poetic imagery. It is to be found on practically every page of the play. It is odd that when people think of the real Julius Caesar and other men like Brutus and Cassius, they are likely to imagine them as Shakespeare presents them, even speaking in iambic pentameter and flavoring their speech with English poetry.

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