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Re: Kingship; Night Visitors; Lady Anne
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1158.  Saturday, 15 November 1997.

[1]     From:   Kristine Batey <
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        Date:   Friday, 14 Nov 1997 10:29:34 -0600
        Subj:   Kingship

[2]     From:   Louis C Swilley <
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        Date:   Friday, 14 Nov 1997 09:36:21 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1151  Re: Am Reporter

[3]     From:   Richard Regan <
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        Date:   Friday, 14 Nov 1997 23:32:05 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1145  Re: Seduction of Lady Anne


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From:           Kristine Batey <
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Date:           Friday, 14 Nov 1997 10:29:34 -0600
Subject:        Kingship

Lex Ames wrote:

>It is my position that comparisons of
>Lear to other, more successful, Shakespearean kings, such as Henry V,
>significantly illuminate the definition of Shakespearean kingship.

Don't forget to look at Claudius (and maybe Hamlet's dad as well). Good
luck, and welcome!

Kristine Batey

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From:           Louis C Swilley <
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Date:           Friday, 14 Nov 1997 09:36:21 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 8.1151  Re: Am Reporter
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1151  Re: Am Reporter

Joe Shea writes:

> I was
> once visited by Shakespeare in a dream when I was deeply involved in
> writing sonnets and worried to death about starving in the process.  He
> told me:
>
>                 Tell Joe that if he must he can
>                 Wear a belt three times wrapped around;
>                 Even Great Joe in Old New York
>                 Wore a longer one in London Town.
>
> Naturally, I continue to love him.

If for your dream-visitor, your love may be dangerously misplaced, for
no Shakespeare would write lines that evidence such an ignorance of
prosody. As the vision may occur again, I recommend you take a garlic
wreath, a crucifix and a handbook to poetry to bed.

L. Swilley

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From:           Richard Regan <
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Date:           Friday, 14 Nov 1997 23:32:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.1145  Re: Seduction of Lady Anne
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1145  Re: Seduction of Lady Anne

Vanessa Redgrave was reported by the New York Times a year or two ago as
telling a group of acting students that the wooing scene between Richard
and Anne could not possibly work. Perhaps the McKellan-Thomas version
accepted this verdict in some way, because it seemed to me that they
just ran the lines without a particular attempt to make them plausible.
Instead, the film seemed to rely on the shock value of the scene being
played in a morgue to carry the audience through to the rest of the
play.

Richard Regan
Fairfield University
 

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