Why does the poet come to Brutus's tent in Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, in Act Four, scene three?

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In Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, the poet enters in Act Four, scene three, to speak to Cassius and Brutus. It would seem that he is aware that the two generals are fighting, and he comes to stop the dispute.

When he arrives, the poet speaks to Lucilius, demanding that he be allowed to see Cassius and Brutus. He believes that because they are fighting, they should not be left alone.


Let me go in to see the generals.

There is some grudge between 'em, 'tis not meet

They be alone.  (140)

When Lucilius refuses to accomodate the poet, the man threatens that only death will keep him from going into the generals. Cassius hears the disturbance and asks for its cause. At this point, the poet begins to scold the men for fighting. He tells them to make up and be friends.


For shame, you generals! What are you thinking?

Love, and be friends as two such men should be…

Now that Cassius and Brutus have made up, it seems that they unite to insult the poet: they make fun of him, and tell him to leave.

[The poet] is ridiculed by both men for his crude verses and philosophy.

Finally, the two men seem to be in agreement again.



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