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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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    Another Key

    Well, in Sonnet 80 we find both "bark" and the rival poet that we are told is in there somewhere. In 134,135 and 136 one finds that Shakespeare may have had in mind more than one meaning in a...
  16. Dang. The line Mr. Jones asked about is from Act...

    Dang. The line Mr. Jones asked about is from Act 3, scene 1, line 112 or so from the play. Jones seems to like the idea that Hamlet is presenting once again an "antic disposition"(1.5.179 or so). ...
  17. As Pompey Bum suggests, a good place to start is...

    As Pompey Bum suggests, a good place to start is a dictionary. That is, look up or review the terms "paradox" and irony. The editors of the new Arden edition wrote that paradox, as used here, means...
  18. More likely still, Shylock expects the Duke to...

    More likely still, Shylock expects the Duke to tell Antonio to stop spitting at people. Regarding the conflict between Antonio and Shylock, such sonnets as 42 and 145 are also interesting. But...
  19. Another possibility: Before he enters, Hamlet is...

    Another possibility: Before he enters, Hamlet is thinking that "Gee, uncle Claudius won't like the play we're about to present, perhaps I should say say something dramatic now that he'll like." Or,...
  20. And, in due course(as the late Mr. Buckley used...

    And, in due course(as the late Mr. Buckley used to say on public TV), for the BBC video, Jacobi spoke the speech directly to the audience or camera and another possibility is that Hamlet is speaking...
  21. To whom is Hamlet speaking when he says "To be or not be?"

    So, the question is: To whom is Hamlet speaking when he says "To be or not to be?" Derek Jacobi wrote: Over the years since I first began playing Hamlet, I have become more and more convinced that...
  22. That is, did I overlook something? I'm fairly...

    That is, did I overlook something? I'm fairly sure that I have not noted every passage in MV that corresponds to something in ROM and MND. I failed to complete Romeo's "O tell me" lines: "Tell me,...
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    I like the title of Professor Bloom's little book...

    I like the title of Professor Bloom's little book about HAMLET: HAMLET POEM UNLIMITED. The title is taken from Act 2, scene 2, line 418 from the play. In his big book, SHAKESPEARE THE INVENTION OF...
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    The Apparitions in MACBETH

    The apparitions are certainly another example of riddling equivocation from the witches, but are they also another invitation by the author to the reader and playgoer to recall his earlier work? The...
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    The question, as written, also might recall a...

    The question, as written, also might recall a line from the King: "There's no art / To find the mind's construction in the face"(1.4.12). The editors of the new Arden edition tell us that Professor...
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