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Re: Listening in on Great Minds
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0309  Tuesday, 23 February 1999.

[1]     From:   Stephen Holcombe <
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        Date:   Monday, 22 Feb 1999 21:36:58 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0294 Listening in on Great Minds

[2]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Feb 1999 08:34:38 -0000
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From:           Stephen Holcombe <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Feb 1999 21:36:58 -0500
Subject: 10.0294 Listening in on Great Minds
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0294 Listening in on Great Minds

Actually, this might be even better as a description of Harold Bloom.

He was phlegmatic, depressive, richly observant, yet worldly-wise. He
had British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook's fierce, shrewd eyes; the
young Orson Welles' precocious prodigality; Dirk Bogarde or Kevin
Spacey's simmering sexual ambivalence; and the detached, brooding pride
yet contained sensuality of Claude Rains in "Notorious" (1946), James
Mason in "North by Northwest" (1959) and Peter Finch in "Sunday, Bloody
Sunday" (1971).

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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Feb 1999 08:34:38 -0000
Subject: 10.0294 Listening in on Great Minds
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0294 Listening in on Great Minds

>Shelley's "Ozymandias," one of the canonical texts of
>Romantic poetry (a field where the young Bloom made his pioneering
>reputation), rightly asserts that art transcends politics: Art is the
>only thing that lasts, amid the great swirl of nature.

Did anyone else have my reaction to this, that what "Ozymandias"
+actually+ asserts is that all that will be left of great art is a pair
of wellie boots in the sand?

Robin Hamilton
 

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