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Re: SSE; Isabella; Poetry
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0601  Wednesday, 31 March 1999.

[1]     From:   David Maier <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Mar 1999 11:05:20 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.0579 Shenandoah Shakespeare Express

[2]     From:   Ed Pixley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Mar 1999 16:14:59 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0517 Isabella's Role in Measure for Measure

[3]     From:   Roger Gross <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Mar 1999 19:30:39 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0561 Re: A Question about poetry


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From:           David Maier <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Mar 1999 11:05:20 -0800
Subject: 10.0579 Shenandoah Shakespeare Express
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.0579 Shenandoah Shakespeare Express

Love the titles they've given to their tours...

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From:           Ed Pixley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Mar 1999 16:14:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 10.0517 Isabella's Role in Measure for Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0517 Isabella's Role in Measure for Measure

>I am writing a reduced text of Measure for Measure for my Shakespeare
>class at Bethel College. I want my text to focus on how Isabella's
>virtue remains intact, despite being constantly attacked throughout the
>play.  The goal is to create a feeling of sympathy for Isabella, as well
>as admiration. These emotions are much more difficult to feel when
>watching or reading the entire play.

I didn't respond immediately because I assumed several others would. But
in checking ahead, I don't spot any reactions.  If I missed them, and if
this has already been discussed adequately, I apologize.

Your own statement, "These emotions are much more difficult to feel when
watching or reading the entire play," should give a clue as to the
appropriateness of this approach if your intention is to better
understand the play that Shakespeare wrote.  If you have some other
intention, perhaps your reduced version ought to go under a different
title and authorship.  I think most of us in theater still adhere to the
principle of unity of action, so that to take one thread out of a play,
eliminating the context of the whole, will result in a distortion of the
implied intention of the work of art.

Ed Pixley
SUNY-Oneonta

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From:           Roger Gross <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Mar 1999 19:30:39 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 10.0561 Re: A Question about poetry
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0561 Re: A Question about poetry

Robin Hamilton kindly supplies the name of a Marina Tarlinskaja book I
couldn't recall.  It is a good book but it is not the one I was thinking
of.  I was trying to recall the title of a more recent work and now I
have it:

Marina Tarlinskaja,  Shakespeare's Verse: iambic pentameter and the
poet's idiosyncracies, NY: Peter Lang, 1987.

I would quibble with a bit of it but it's fundamentally very good and
valuable.  (You may well ask 'who wouldn't I quibble with.'  Right.)

Roger Gross
U. of Arkansas
 

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