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    Poll: Another passage from AS YOU LIKE IT is helpful: ...

    Another passage from AS YOU LIKE IT is helpful: "Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile, / hath not old custom made this life more sweet / Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods / More free...
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    Poll: In the Signet Classic edition is an excerpt from...

    In the Signet Classic edition is an excerpt from William Hazlitt's comments on the play(1818): "When we first went to see Mr. Kean in Shylock, we expected to see, what we had been used to...
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    Poll: S.T. Coleridge said that Hamlet finds himself in...

    S.T. Coleridge said that Hamlet finds himself in "stimulating" circumstances. So too is the invasion of Ukraine. One might note memorable lines from HENRY THE FIFTH: "But if the cause be not good,...
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    Poll: The last play Shakespeare is thought to have...

    The last play Shakespeare is thought to have written all by himself is THE TEMPEST. In the epilogue we find: "Now I want / Spirits to enforce, art to enchant; / And my ending is despair / Unless I...
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    Poll: And by the way, there is a minor error in the...

    And by the way, there is a minor error in the article by the late Father Oakes(see post #305). He wrote: "Shakespeare signals his agreement with these claims when he has Hamlet expostulate in these...
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    Poll: In another thread I noted that the line "'Tis all...

    In another thread I noted that the line "'Tis all one"(R&J1.1.20) is an allusion at once to DEUTERONOMY 6:4 and GENESIS 1:27. This lends credence to the idea that Antonio's "Mark you...
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    Poll: Drshadow03's post(#31), where we find, "You seem...

    Drshadow03's post(#31), where we find, "You seem to be suggesting that you can either; a) believe Shakespeares's play [is an artistic failure]....... or b) think it is a great work of art with...
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    Poll: "If to do were as easy as to know what were good...

    "If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches and poor men's cottages princes' palaces"(MV1.2.11-13). One will recall Isabella's famous speech from MM: "Could...
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    Poll: We recall that Romeo is "banished" by the Prince...

    We recall that Romeo is "banished" by the Prince as the result of his single combat with Tybalt. The speech from Polonius above is prominently placed. Isaac Asimov agreed with Professor Wilson that...
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    Poll: The challenge of single combat that Elon Musk...

    The challenge of single combat that Elon Musk offered to President Putin, in due course, recalls the first scene in HAMLET: "our last king, / Whose image even but now appeared to us, / Was, as you...
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    Poll: Fans of Team Portia might recommend that...

    Fans of Team Portia might recommend that President Putin appoint a modern day Team Portia to engage in parallel talks with a corresponding team from the other side. Back to the matter here,...
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    Poll: Prince Hamlet, if he were a real person, might...

    Prince Hamlet, if he were a real person, might say that the line is a "contraction"(HAMLET3.4.47).
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    Poll: In the second scene of ROMEO AND JULIET is a...

    In the second scene of ROMEO AND JULIET is a memorable line: "I must to the learned"(ROM1.2.44). One might recall that when considering Professor Bloom's comments. In the GOSPEL we find, in the...
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    Poll: R&J then begins with an allusion or indirect...

    R&J then begins with an allusion or indirect reference to the GOSPEL OF JOHN and MV ends with one. Holy cow! It seems to me that though it is clear that Antonio's "Mark you this, Bassanio, / The...
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    Poll: And Professor Braunmuller noted in his...

    And Professor Braunmuller noted in his introduction that "manna" is also found in Chapter 6 of the GOSPEL OF JOHN.
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    Poll: In Act 3, scene one, we find Solanio and Salerio...

    In Act 3, scene one, we find Solanio and Salerio speaking with Shylock. The play begins with these same two "Salads" speaking with Antonio. Solanio's comment, "And Shylock for his own part knew...
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    Poll: I'm sure that everyone will agree that...

    I'm sure that everyone will agree that Shakespeare's use of the word "Certainly" is ironic.
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    Poll: In Professor Bevington's notes we find: ...

    In Professor Bevington's notes we find: "'Shylock is a bloody-minded monster,' confided Henry Irving in 1879, 'but you mustn't play him so, if you wish to succeed; you must get some sympathy with...
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    Poll: The late baseball announcer Harry Caray(should we...

    The late baseball announcer Harry Caray(should we add "and clownish fool?") would exclaim "holy cow!" in response to something happening on the field. The phrase is helpful here as one reviews Act...
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    Poll: I do agree with you and Professor Bevington that...

    I do agree with you and Professor Bevington that such lines from Shylock as "If I can catch him once upon the hip, / I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him"(MV1.3.43-4) are to be taken...
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    Poll: Romeo's line, "O, she doth teach the torches to...

    Romeo's line, "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!"(ROM1.4.162), is clearly echoed in MV: "I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done........"(MV1.2.15). One might therefore...
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    Poll: Another question where there might be more than...

    Another question where there might be more than one solid answer. Merry Christmas!
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    Poll: And so Portia's "Tarry a little" speech is in...

    And so Portia's "Tarry a little" speech is in stark contrast to the bloody deaths in R&J. At the same time, Shylock may be contemplating rushing at Antonio with his knife. If Bassanio is close by,...
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    Poll: Juliet's "O serpent" speech is in turn linked to...

    Juliet's "O serpent" speech is in turn linked to the clownish fool Lancelet's "Certainly" speech. The word "fiend" is found twice in the former and in the clown's we have "To be ruled by my...
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    Poll: Right, the late Yale Professor I last noted way...

    Right, the late Yale Professor I last noted way back in post #193. I have not read Allan Bloom or other noted Blooms. I thought it interesting that Harold included the phrase "or reinvention" in...
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