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Re: Aristotle's Poetics Read By Shakespeare?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1431  Tuesday, 28 May 2002

From:           Peter Groves <
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Date:           Saturday, 25 May 2002 10:38:51 +1000 (EST)
Subject: 13.1411 Re: Aristotle's Poetics Read By Shakespeare?
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.1411 Re: Aristotle's Poetics Read By Shakespeare?

> If we knew whether he read Poetics, we could know whether he broke those
> rules out of ignorance or out of revolution. Curiously enough,
> Shakespeare's two plays that closely follow unity of time, action, and
> place are at the beginning of his career and at the end - Comedy of
> Errors and The Tempest. An early attempt and a later return to that
> structure? An accident? Questions which may never be answered.
>
> Brian Willis

Whether he read Aristotle or not (and it seems <prima facie> unlikely),
he would almost certainly have heard of the neo-Aristotelian unities (a
much more clear-cut matter) from Ben Jonson.  I have always felt that
part of the point of <The Tempest>, with its interminable exposition
during which Miranda keeps nodding off, is that it is Shakespeare

 

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