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Re: Richard II
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0944  Friday, 4 June 1999.

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Thursday, 03 Jun 1999 11:01:52 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0941 Richard II

[2]     From:   Dana Wilson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 3 Jun 1999 18:12:37 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Richard II


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Thursday, 03 Jun 1999 11:01:52 +0000
Subject: 10.0941 Richard II
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0941 Richard II

John Dover Wilson, in his introduction to the New Cambridge text, argues
that some of the heavy rhyme may be a carry-over from an earlier version
of the play, now lost.  This argument is, as Dover Wilson himself
admits, highly speculative.

Nevertheless, it's worth remembering that heavy rhyme was more common in
early Tudor drama.  Moving away from rhyme might be a reference to
Shakespeare's time, rather than Richard's.  In any case, a distrust of
ornate verse is something of a trope in Shakespeare, requiring no
reference to elements of 14th century Italian cultural history, of which
Shakespeare may or may not have been aware.

Cheers,
Se

 

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