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Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2824  Wednesday, 12 December 2001

[1]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Dec 2001 00:38:00 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2811 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Dec 2001 10:09:01 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2811 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World


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From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Dec 2001 00:38:00 -0500
Subject: 12.2811 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2811 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World

You mean the sequel: America Strikes Back?

> Can anyone make any claims for Star Wars as being possibly prescient?

Clifford

P.S.: Sorry if I'm being obnoxious. This has been my first chance to
read the list all of a trying semester.

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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Dec 2001 10:09:01 -0000
Subject: 12.2811 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2811 Re: Eighth Wonder of the Literary World

Although, as Science Fiction fantasy, Star Wars looks and feels
futuristic, we should not forget that, like Der Ring, it is set "A long
time ago..."

Of course it is not surprising that Wagner wrote about the collapse of
the European imperial aristocracy, having been a fully-paid-up member of
the radicals who fomented revolution in 1848: indeed, the libretto (or
poem, if you like) for "Siegfried's Death"  (Gotterdamerung) was
completed in that revolutionary year. There are many connections that
can be made to link 1848 to 1914.

Surely a Shakespeare discussion group ought to be more into Verdi,
though?

m

        Du holdes Voglein!
        Dich hort' ich noch nie:
        bist du im Wald hier daheim?
        Verstund' ich sein SuBes Stammein,
        gewiB stagt' es mir was...
        Entrat' ich der Worte, achte der Weise,
        sing' ich so seine Sprache,
        versteh' ich wohl auch, was es spricht...

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