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Re: Deeper Than Plummet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1375  Tuesday, 21 May 2002

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Monday, 20 May 2002 13:43:30 -0400
Subject: 13.1347 Re: Deeper Than Plummet
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1347 Re: Deeper Than Plummet

> But Shakespeare seems to want to give these movements of the
> spirit a non-religious, only human meaning. Until the closing plea for
> prayer, the classical and Christian images seem perfunctory,
> imaginatively cancelling each other out and leaving the merely human,
> marooned on this bare island of time, for a moment, before we join our
> predecessors in the ooze.
>
> Best wishes,
> David Bishop

The exclusion of religion on Prospero's island might only be a
rhetorical affirmation of the secular function of the popular stage.
Renaissance Hermeticism from Pico and Ficino forward attempted to
reconcile "magical" principles with Christian principles. The Tempest
merely confirms the popular stage as the forum for the articulation of
the humanist and secular aspect of the philosophy, leaving the
scriptural aspect to the Church without thereby contradicting or
excluding it.

Clifford

p.s.: In what way is world of The Tempest "recognizably Renaissance?"
Are there indications of its period beyond the establishment of Tunis in
place of Carthage?

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