I am fire and air which is of course a reference to the speech in which she clasps an asp to her bosom in antony and cleopatra and it is with shakespeares representation of cleopatra that bloom is exclusively concerned. Cleopatra 275 well get thee gone farewell cleopatra well you can go now farewell countryman yes forsooth i wish you joy o th worm i am fire and air my other elements i give to baser life so have you done come then and take the last warmth of my lips farewell kind charmian iras long farewell. Cleopatra i am fire and air by harold bloom is a free netgalley ebook that i read in early october although cleopatra experiences a changing of view over time powerful but yet saucily perverse bloom analyses her through shakespeares use of dialogue during antony cleopatra. Bloom continues to instruct and entertain with this in depth look at the most seductive woman in all of shakespeare the egyptian queen who describes herself as fire and air bloom fell in love with actress janet suzmans portrayal of cleopatra in 1974 and her image lingers with him still. Cleopatra i am fire and air harold bloom simon and schuster oct 10 2017 literary criticism 160 pages 1 review from harold bloom one of the greatest shakespeare scholars of our time comes an intimate wise deeply compelling portrait of cleopatra one of the bards most riveting and memorable female characters in a
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