The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1578 Friday, 10 September 1999.
Date: Thursday, 9 Sep 1999 18:28:26 -0400
Subject: The thrice-three Muses Question
Comment: SHK 10.1539 The thrice-three Muses Question
Good Hunting Lisa
You are very right about the reference, especially on Marlowe.
From the very beginning of 5.1 the subject is poetry and the death of
The comparison between madmen, lover and poets is an introduction to the
substance of Theseus' speech which is a beautiful homage to poets.
The Centaurs were expelled from Thessaly for becoming drunk at a wedding
feast and seriously insulting several women at the party.
The Thracian singer whom the Bacchanals tear at in their rage is the
There is a French expression which loosely translated reads "Bacchus
wrecks more men than Neptune. (ie the ocean) It could prove salutary to
list all the artist who have been killed in drunken brawls usually in
The muses must indeed have mourned for three sons of Thespis dying one
after another within two years.
There are probably more connections between Theseus, Thessaly and
Thespis than just the four letters with which they begin. I would like
to know what you find when you return to your library.