Falstaff Riseth Up

Title

Falstaff Riseth Up

Description

Audio recording of a lecture delivered by Louis Petrich on April 12, 2019 as part of the Formal Lecture Series. The beginning of the recording includes music. A PowerPoint presentation was given at the beginning of the lecture.

A description of the lecture by the presenter is as follows:

My lecture Friday, on Henry IV, Part 1,
gives voice, image, and preponderant meaning to Falstaff,
that colossal comic genius of Shakespeare’s bosom.
It should at least succeed to entertain the willing.

If the matter in the lecture carries conviction,
as I fear it does, then what can’t be helped--
I mean the abominable misleading of youth—
and why not of elders still assailable?--
may nonetheless be stomached (one always hopes)
as affirmation of life—

lived large—

followed by re-edification, in the question period.

I’ve put enough in to risk everyone’s good opinion at least once,
and left plenty for imagination to assist good will to gratify.

The audience must rise or fall to the matter
on whatever staffing they’ve been provided to carry them
from bed to board, from board to bed.
To deliver the lecture any differently would not become my title,

Falstaff Riseth Up,

which, by the way, comes authorized by Shakespeare.
(Henry IV, Part 1, V. iv. 110—for those who like to text.)

I think this will do—
to usher in the sweet morsels of a Friday night
and not leave them unpicked,--
but that’s for taste in leisure to decide
and put to proof--
of eye and ear,
with tongue and thigh . . .

Creator

Publisher

Coverage

Annapolis, MD

Date

2019-04-12

Rights

A signed permission form has been received stating, "I hereby grant St. John's College permission to make an audio recording of my lecture, and retain copies for circulation and archival preservation at the St. John's College Greenfield Library and to make an audio recording of my lecture available online."

Type

sound

Format

mp3

Language

English

Identifier

Petrich, Louis 4-12-19

Original Format

wav

Duration

01:04:04