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Re: Funeral Elegy in Complete Works
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0522.  Wednesday, 31 July 1996.

(1)     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Jul 1996 08:38:52 +0000 (HELP)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0520  Re: Funeral Elegy in Complete Works

(2)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Jul 1996 14:31:34 -0400
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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Jul 1996 08:38:52 +0000 (HELP)
Subject: 7.0520  Re: Funeral Elegy in Complete Works
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0520  Re: Funeral Elegy in Complete Works

Naturally I am very pleased that the "Elegie" has found its sometimes thumping,
usually fluid and amazingly personal way into the Complete Works. As I have
said before, when Paul Hawkins and I began the process of recording our
Concordia CD of the poem, we constantly discovered great beauties of phrase and
rhythm that come to the lips -- their intended recipients, surely -- with
novelty and ease. Neither of us liked the poem on the first two quiet readings,
of course; I don't imagine anyone does, it *seems* so plain, even perhaps less
than ordinary. It seems to us that quite a lot of this is precisely what the
pet sets out to do, to praise from his place as a living ordinary man and
friend.

The poem is evidently, I would say, pretty anti-clerical and makes totally
clear at the end that Peter is not in heaven but in the dusty ground and lives
only in the memory of love. A common Marlovian and Shakespearean position
indeed, and not a wholly unusual one for artists of the time to take.

I continue to thank those who have sent me notes telling me how much the
recording has opened their ears to the work, whoever wrote it.

Harry Hill
Montreal

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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Jul 1996 14:31:34 -0400
Subject: 7.0520  Re: Funeral Elegy in Complete Works
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0520  Re: Funeral Elegy in Complete Works

Doug Bruster gently points out to me (offline) that I have misspelled Gwynne
Evans's name.  I suppose I should stick to G. Blakemore Evans!  My apologies to
Evans.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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