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Re: Romeo; Amleth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1137  Friday, 13 November 1998.

[1]     From:   Stuart Manger <
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        Date:   Friday, 13 Nov 1998 01:49:54 +0000
        Subj:   SHK 9.1129 Re: How to act as Romeo

[2]     From:   Michael Skovmand <
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        Date:   Friday, 13 Nov 1998 09:43:36 +0100
        Subj:   Sv: SHK 9.1125  Re: Amleth


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From:           Stuart Manger <
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Date:           Friday, 13 Nov 1998 01:49:54 +0000
Subject: Re: How to act as Romeo
Comment:        SHK 9.1129 Re: How to act as Romeo

Think hard how to move from the last foot of the previous line into the
next line: bounce off the final foot into the next line. Use the
accented syllables, and work to the caesuras - nearly always strong and
cadential. Shak frequently syncopates central clusters in lines: again,
let them tangle - he wants difficulty. Let the vowels speak: in UK, that
is easier. American English is more consonantal and dipthongised, and
perhaps requires better rhythm? And watch the LONG sentences. Breathe
them long. Romeo's misery is in longer and longer sentences, and to
shorten them truncates and diminishes the tragedy. This is a question of
serious breathing exercises, and scrupulous discussion of the pauses.
Much of Romeo is in the silences. Too short and he comes over as blithe,
self-pitying and laconic. Too long, and he seems lacrimose and OTT.
Balance is all, particularly as much of the play rhymes - forget the
rhymes, drive straight through them to the next major punctuation mark.
Editorial though they are. And let the tragedy speak, and don;t get hung
up on the 'magic of the verse' no need to reverence it. Make it YOURS by
breathing and sounding it, and living it.

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From:           Michael Skovmand <
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Date:           Friday, 13 Nov 1998 09:43:36 +0100
Subject: 9.1125  Re: Amleth
Comment:        Sv: SHK 9.1125  Re: Amleth

In reply to the question whether there is any evidence of Hamlet which
predates Saxo:

There is a Frisian runic inscription from ab. 700 BC to the effect that
" On a cliff  Amleth put up resistance" (translated from Danish: "P

 

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