The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0947 Thursday, 4 April 2002
Date: Thursday, 4 Apr 2002 11:19:51 +0100
Subject: 13.0927 Re: Pessimism in Lear
Comment: Re: SHK 13.0927 Re: Pessimism in Lear
Prof. Hawkes made a good joke at my expense.
But to pretend that "Cymbeline" is an infinitive is patently absurd. It
is clearly an adjective. As in "Though I speak with the tongues of men
and of angels, and have not love, I am as sounding brass, or cymbeline".
Don Bloom interestingly draws our attention to the element, "simba".
For, as the Soothsayer tells Posthumus, "Thou, Leonatus, art the lion's
whelp; / The fit and apt construction of thy name, / Being Leo-natus,
doth impart so much" (V.v.443-445) [see Gen 49:8-10]. The cymbalism
turns out to be more wide-ranging than Judah've thought.
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