The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2076 Monday, 13 November 2000.
Date: Friday, 13 Oct 2000 04:37:25 -0400
Subject: 11.2047 Did Shakespeare Inhale?
Comment: Re: SHK 11.2047 Did Shakespeare Inhale?
I object to the use of the cited lines in the sonnets as in any way
supporting the smoking of anything. Shakespeare clearly makes a big
deal out of the distillation of flowers to preserve their sweetness, but
the image of a "liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass," the latter
being identified elsewhere as "some vial," does not seem to evoke a
smokeable vegetable substance. I suppose it's possible that methods of
distilling hemp for hash oil may have been known in the Middle East,
but, if they're looking for hallucinogenics (as which, incidentally,
marijuana is officially classified), why should the complex processing
of hash oil be any more plausible than, say, distilling psyllocybin
mushrooms or amanita muscaria, which have always been in plentiful
supply locally? After all, anyone down to the kitchen maids could have
been smoking those clay pipes.
This is the only Shakespeare item I've ever seen on one of my favorite
alternative news sites, usually devoted to UFO sightings, chem trails,
and right wing conspiracy theories.
By the way, does anyone know if New Place was flooded? I hear it's
starting to look more like Avon-upon-Stratford over there.