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    Poll: The "strange nature" of the suit

    In his book THE AGE OF SHAKESPEARE, Professor Kermode wrote of the trial or court scene: "The trial is folklore, and the judgment comes from a folklore lawyer, but the issues are real enough." ...
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    Poll: oops

    The line in KING LEAR from Kent is actually a bit later, Act 1 scene 4. Now, one comment earlier in this thread, "The arrogance(and stupidity) of the man is staggering.........What a twit!" might...
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    Poll: There are three lines in KING LEAR that I like to...

    There are three lines in KING LEAR that I like to recall. In the first scene, Kent says to Lear: "This is not altogether fool, my lord." Gloucester's last line is "And that's true too." In the...
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    Poll: More linguistic connections

    In the first scene of MV we find: "I pray you, good Bassanio, let me know it, / And if it stand as you yourself still do, / Within the eye of honor, be assured / My purse, my person, my extremest...
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    Poll: The main conflict

    In Act 5, scene 3 of R&J, Romeo and Count Paris are both grieving the reported death of Juliet. They confront each other and Romeo kills Paris. In MV, we find Shylock and Antonio in confrontation. ...
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    Poll: More Regarding Professor Wilson

    Wilson's book is in a library miles away. I believe he simply wrote that comparison is "interesting" and both plays have tragical and comical elements. He also wrote that he found Shakespeare's...
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    Poll: One thing at a time

    One minute subject at a time. Professor Thomas Parrott wrote that MV is "a romantic comedy, almost a fairy tale, rendered credible by the poet's art." In her book, THE FRIENDLY SHAKESPEARE, Norrie...
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    Poll: Eminent scholar J. Dover Wilson recommended...

    Eminent scholar J. Dover Wilson recommended comparing MV and ROMEO AND JULIET in his book SHAKESPEARE'S HAPPY COMEDIES. The passage before us corresponds to a passage in R&J. Juliet's line, "all...
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    Poll: Furthermore

    In Act 3,scene 3 we have Solanio's "I am sure the Duke / Will never grant this forfeiture to hold," and Antonio's reply: "The Duke cannot deny the course of law, / For the commodity that strangers...
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    And Shakespeare, I think, allows the reader to...

    And Shakespeare, I think, allows the reader to cautiously infer the poet. The epilogue at the end of THE TEMPEST may be regarded both as the character Prospero's entreaty and the author himself...
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    Along with his or her comments on Sonnet 50, G.R....

    Along with his or her comments on Sonnet 50, G.R. Ledger(the one with the flowers) included Sonnet 49 from Sir Philip Sidney's series, another fine horse poem! He or she noted that the first line of...
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    And one might quote Professor Greenblatt again: ...

    And one might quote Professor Greenblatt again: "the sonnets are a thrilling, deeply convincing staging of the poet;s inner life, an intimate performance.........and the sonnets are a cunning...
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    On reading back the narrative, or as Professor...

    On reading back the narrative, or as Professor Greenblatt put it: "Is it the truth or a piece of flattering rhetoric?" Online is a nice commentary( the one with the white flowers) where we find on...
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    The excerpt from R3(posted by P.B.) and the...

    The excerpt from R3(posted by P.B.) and the "wand'ring bark"(posted by kev67) might recall John Barth's Short Story NIGHT-SEA JOURNEY. There is a nice critique online noting several allusions in the...
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    Professor Bate goes on: "TWELFTH NIGHT is highly...

    Professor Bate goes on: "TWELFTH NIGHT is highly relevant here. Of all Shakespeare's plays, it is closest to the sonnets in it's anatomy of what Meres called 'the perplexities of love'...........If...
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    A quote from Professor Bate is in order: "As...

    A quote from Professor Bate is in order: "As Shakespeare stitched together multiple sources to make his plays, so the collection called Shakespeare's Sonnets stitches together multiple poems with...
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    Professor Greenblatt wrote that when the first...

    Professor Greenblatt wrote that when the first draft of the will was written, Shakespeare was "evidently gravely ill." This may have had an effect. Greenblatt also noted that " perhaps Shakespeare...
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    Some years ago, someone came up with a simple...

    Some years ago, someone came up with a simple answer. It was, I recall, in response to an article about the authorship question in NATIONAL REVIEW, a letter to the editor. The writer, glancing at...
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    Nice Catch!

    Holy cow! A Shakespearean Weather Report(P.B. noted that Twain referred to the first lines of R3). Twain, then, may have also had in mind "The devil can site Scripture for his purpose"(MV1.3.96 or...
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    And the New York Yankees played the Boston Red...

    And the New York Yankees played the Boston Red Sox in London last weekend. So, as Twain's piece seems to be all HAMLET and MACBETH except the second to the last line(Romeo's "Thus I enforce thy...
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    Thanks, Pompey Bum. I've not read Huck Finn in a...

    Thanks, Pompey Bum. I've not read Huck Finn in a while. Twain may have been inspired, in part, by the First Quarto version of the "To be" speech. I guess he was also responding to the subject of...
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    I think Professor Shapiro reminded us that in...

    I think Professor Shapiro reminded us that in Huck Finn there are two clownish characters who quote(or misquote) Shakespeare. I recall on TV the memorial service for a Supreme Court justice where...
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    What happens in the Sonnets?

    "Marry well remembered, / I reasoned with a Frenchman yesterday"(MV2.8.26-7). "Be thou the tenth Muse, ten times more in worth / than those old nine which rimers invocate"(Sonnet 38). Or,...
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    In due course, there is a nice horse poem by...

    In due course, there is a nice horse poem by Robert Frost. It's more than a little interesting to compare 52 and 87. In the first line of 52, we also might note the word "key." In MV, Morocco and...
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    And perhaps 87 was written on the way back to...

    And perhaps 87 was written on the way back to London. Professor Parrott recommended memorizing a few Sonnets, something I've yet to do(too hard). After reading 135, anytime the word "will" occurs...
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