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Re: "The Funeral Elegy"
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0043.  Tuesday, 16 January 1996.

(1)     From:   Nicholas Ranson <
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        Date:   Monday, 15 Jan 96 20:15:59 EST
        Subj:   "The Funeral Elegy"

(2)     From:   Lim Wee Ching <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Jan 1996 17:02:35 +0800 (SST)
        Subj:   _Funeral Elegy_

(3)     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Jan 1996 08:11:37 +0000 (HELP)
        Subj:   ELEGY ON ELEGIE


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From:           Nicholas Ranson <
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Date:           Monday, 15 Jan 96 20:15:59 EST
Subject:        "The Funeral Elegy"

This is to congratulate Don Foster on a good interview on the Lehrer Newshour
tonight: I taped it and will use it as a teaser for my three Shakespeare
classes tomorrow!  Roger Rosenblatt's comments were helpful too. Shakespeare
lives

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From:           Lim Wee Ching <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Jan 1996 17:02:35 +0800 (SST)
Subject:        _Funeral Elegy_

Greetings,

With the recent flurry of interest with regards to WS's _Funeral Elegy_ I was
just wondering if anyone could provide me with more historical and/or
scholarship information about it (viz. discovery, attribution at al.) Or if
there had been any discussions regarding it prior to the recent ones.

Many advance thanks.
CHING

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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Jan 1996 08:11:37 +0000 (HELP)
Subject:        ELEGY ON ELEGIE


                 ELEGY ON ELEGIE

To think this Elegie from willful hand did spring
Were common vice, that finds in many words
And phrases echoes of the poet, some thing
Not unlike likeness and in some aspect
Worthy of looking, and in looking finding
A well scanned line amid the mess of rhyme
As 'njambing thread on thread is winding
O'er thoughts that weakly use the time.
'Tis not the worst unblotted piece of verse
Retirement brought, with new maturity
Of line-break, in which momentary pronouns and
Conjunctions strain both metre and credulity
As now and then i'*The Tempest*, where his hand
Arrives at natural speech yet artful too.
I could not help but think lines fifty three
And Fifty four particularly awful:
[`Which, harvest-like, did yield again the crop
Of education, bettered in his truth.']
Yet fun it is, and so in funning we
May, with final ending weak, still be aweful.

Harry Hill
Montreal
 

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