Michael Platt, Rome and Romans According to Shakespeare, 52–184
“Sterne says that, if he were in a desert, he would love some cypress.” Coriolanus is a desert without a cypress. Not even the sentimental Sterne could fine something to love in it. There is so little to love in the play. Its chief protagonist is the ill-tempered Roman patrician who scorns every warm, sensible motion in himself and in his fellow citizens. Shakespeare seems to have put aside all that he loved most and imitated with most exuberance in order to treat this Roman and his city.