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Various on Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1754  Monday, 18 October 1999.

[1]     From:   H. R. Greenberg <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Oct 1999 10:49:48 EDT
        Subj:   Pony on Hamlet's Indecision

[2]     From:   Louis Marder <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Oct 1999 17:06:08 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1740 Thesis on Hamlet

[3]     From:   Drew Whitehead <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Oct 1999 10:22:41 +1000 (GMT+1000)
        Subj:   Re: Hamlet


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From:           H. R. Greenberg <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Oct 1999 10:49:48 EDT
Subject:        Pony on Hamlet's Indecision

In connection with Hamlet research, would anyone recommend a reliable
summary, hopefully with footnotes, concerning the chief theories about
Hamlet, most notably regarding Hamlet's "indecision"-Goethe, Coleridge,
James Joyce, Bradley, and more recent contributors.

Thanks in advance,
Harvey Roy Greenberg, MD endit

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From:           Louis Marder <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Oct 1999 17:06:08 -0500
Subject: 10.1740 Thesis on Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1740 Thesis on Hamlet

Dear Miriam, if everyone who had something to say on the subject would
you would be overwhelmed.  I write because Miriam is my wife's name and
I like you for that.  Don't forget to have chapters or sections  on  the
women in Saxo and other sources, brother/sister  relationships, incest,
father/daughter obedience, The Queen and Gonzago's wife in the play
-within -a -play, madness,  Niobe, Nero,  Baker's daughter,  courtship,
love, gift giving and their return, parent child relationships,
Ophelia's burial scene,  suicide,  does Gertrude know there is poison in
Hamlet's cup. So much off the top of my head.  Good luck and tell me
what you finally  do.  Louis Marder, 
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From:           Drew Whitehead <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Oct 1999 10:22:41 +1000 (GMT+1000)
Subject:        Re: Hamlet

This was in our weekly national newspaper two weeks ago.  It comes from
a column entitled "Dryrot," a humorous column devoted to the owner
builder and home renovator.

Hamlet:

To build or not to build,
Thats really up to council.
Whether tis smarter in the long run
to submit
the plans and artists impressions
of enormous towers
Or to Build with in the guidelines,
And by complying, meet them.
To pay the councils fees,
and more, as the costs rise
to know you face the heartache
and the thousand natural disasters
That building is heir to; tis a construction
Devoutly to be wished that has good weather.
To sketch, perhaps to dream;
Aye, theres the rubbing out.
For in an urban plan
What schemes may come.
When we shuffle off to see the banks
And ask for loans, thats the reality check
That cuts most cities down to size.
For who can bear huge interest bills and debt,
The bank managers wrongs,
The builders compo claims,
The pangs of hidden costs
and long delays,
The insolvency that follows,
And the spurns
That patient dealing with
the building inspector earn,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bag of cash;
You would almost dare
To live and sleep under a flapping tent
But for the dread of something
worse than debt,
The heavily mortgaged country
from whose burden
Few homeowners recover.
Puzzle at will
But maybe you should build
a project home
Not try to build one that you
know not of.
Thus consensus does make
bungalows most of all,
And thus the soaring spires
of residences
Are made much lower by
the pale cast of costs.
And a metropolis of great streets
and monuments,
When we regard how projects go awry
Doth gain the name of hamlet.

The Australian Magazine 9-10 Oct, 99.

Drew Whitehead
Dept. of English
University of Queensland
 

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