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Play structure; prologues, & epilogues
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2144  Friday, 7 November 2003

[1]     From:   Mari Bonomi <
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        Date:   Thursday, 6 Nov 2003 13:00:31 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.2131 Play structure; prologues, & epilogues

[2]     From:   Jan Pick <
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        Date:   Thursday, 6 Nov 2003 13:53:55 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2131 Play structure; prologues, & epilogues


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From:           Mari Bonomi <
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Date:           Thursday, 6 Nov 2003 13:00:31 -0500
Subject: 14.2131 Play structure; prologues, & epilogues
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2131 Play structure; prologues, & epilogues

R&J has a Prologue to Act II.  Somewhere I read/learned (many many years
ago) that "critics" said it was possibly added by some later editor.  I
tended to ignore it when teaching the play.

I also remember learning/reading at that same distance that acts and
scenes are editorial additions to Shakespeare's own work... That the
divisions are arbitrary (and I seem to recall several plays that have
variations on act/scene divisions depending on Q or F) and not to be
taken as part of Shakespeare's creation.  Certainly "exeunt all" is a
clue that there is a scene switch.

Mari Bonomi

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From:           Jan Pick <
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Date:           Thursday, 6 Nov 2003 13:53:55 -0800
Subject: 14.2131 Play structure; prologues, & epilogues
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2131 Play structure; prologues, & epilogues

Acts are a bit artificial when it comes to Shakespeare as it tends to be
an editorial decision to split to 5 and number the scenes within!  The
only reason for rules is so that you can break them!

Jan

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