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Weeping Deer (Continued)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 131. Saturday, 1 Dec 1990.
 
(1)   Date: 1 December 1990, 09:46:05 EST                    (12 lines)
      From: FLANNAGA at OUACCVMB
      Subject: Weeping Deer
 
(2)   Date:   Sat, 1 Dec 90 10:20:00 EST                      (8 lines)
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      Subject: Re: SHK 1.0129  Queries: Weeping Deer?
 
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Date: 1 December 1990, 09:46:05 EST
From: FLANNAGA at OUACCVMB
Subject: Weeping Deer
 
So the deer is like the pelican who punctures its breast to feed its
young its heart's blood.  The weeping, wounded deer, then, is an emblem
of grief that Shakespeare had seen somewhere?  Shakespeare uses the
phrase "strocken deer" in *Julius Caesar* 3.1.209: perhaps as a poacher he
thought of deer only as wounded?  But are we talking about something that it
was thought possible to observe in nature, or an emblem?  Roy Flannagan,
for all the bleeding dear hearts (or deer hearts, or dear harts)
 
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Subject: 1.0129  Queries: Weeping Deer?
Comment: Re: SHK 1.0129  Queries: Weeping Deer?
 
     Perhaps you might find some parallels in emblem literature.  Don't
forget that wounded deer also seek out dittany, which has the power to
heal wounds...   -Kevin Berland
 

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