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Frank Kermode
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1591  Friday, 25 August 2000.

From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Aug 2000 12:47:57 +0100
Subject:        Frank Kermode

Dave Kathman wrote:

Let me jump in here and recommend Frank Kermode's new book,
*Shakespeare's Language*.

Myself, being an ill-read jack, came upon Frank Kermode's book and have
to report that I find it very thought provoking.  Kermode seems to
attack the complexities of Shakespeare's language from a intuitive point
of view as well as that of an academic.  His ideas that the earlier
plays were "rhetorical" language made me understand that word more
fully.  Marcus's long speech while Lavinia bleeds to death is incredible
to modern audiences, but would have been perfectly normal to the theatre
goers of the 1590s as it would have been seen as more of a tableaux.  As
I am a desperately slow reader I will report the rest of the book
sometime late next year.


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