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Re: Painters and Poets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1668  Monday, 2 July 2001

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Jun 2001 10:57:21 -0400
Subject: 12.1658 Re: Painters and Poets
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1658 Re: Painters and Poets

Just about all the men in Loves Labors Lost are poets. Hamlet has sent
Ophelia a little poem (who knows who wrote it), and Maria writes one for
Malvolio. Hamlet also seems to refer at least to a picture of his
father.  In addition to the rival poet, there are many references to the
poet himself in the sonnets and at least one (24) that makes a painter
metaphor.  The metaphor involves the contrast between eyes and hearts
which is continued in 46 and 47. The lover of the lover of the Lover's
Complaint has sent her poems which she is busy tearing up and tossing in
the river. Portia's father has apparently employed poets and painters to
put the casket trial together.

I'm sure there are many more (how about Mercutio?)

Clifford

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