The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2078 Friday, 31 August 2001
Date: Thursday, 30 Aug 2001 11:12:49 -0400
Subject: Re: you only ever hear from me when I want a favor
I pass on a query from a former professor of mine, regarding a quotation
from William Butler Yeats:
In 1905 WBY wrote,
"One day, as he [Shakespeare] sat over Holinshed's _History of England_,
he persuaded himself that Richard the Second, with his French culture,
'his too great friendliness to his friends', his beauty of mind, and his
fall before dry, repelling Bolingbroke, would be a good image for an
accustomed mood of fanciful, impracticable lyricism in his own mind."
The quotation is not in _RII_ nor anywhere else in Shakespeare. Nor is
it included in the extracts from Holinshed that are typically printed in
some editions of the play.
So there it is, presumably a phrase lifted from Holinshed, but perhaps
not. I'm honestly not expecting even the SHAKSPEReans to be able to
answer this offhand, but thought it would be worth a shot.
Can anyone up here help identify the full passage from which this
is drawn? If you want to, please contact me offlist at
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