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Re: Shakespeare and Research
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0170  Friday, 31 January 2003

From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Thursday, 30 Jan 2003 13:09:14 GMT0BST
Subject: 14.0164 Re: Shakespeare and Research
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0164 Re: Shakespeare and Research


>"...the nautical language necessary to write _The Tempest_'s opening
>scene..." Well, London was the major port of an important seafaring
>nation.  One suspects he could have picked up enough nautical language
>at the docks of the Thames to fill several such scenes.

He could, in fact, have got a good deal of it from literary storm scenes
- Virgil, Ovid, Erasmus's Colloquy 'Naufragium' etc. etc. [I hesitate to
say it, but, see my New Cambridge edition...]

David Lindley
Professor of Renaissance Literature
University of Leeds

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