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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1938  Friday, 3 October 2003

From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Oct 2003 13:01:56 -0500
Subject: 14.1921 Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1921 Hamlet

Edmund Taft responding a remark of mine

(>Don Bloom writes of 3.1: "nothing in this scene makes consistent
sense.")

writes,

>That's right, and that's true of more than one scene in _Hamlet_.

I hope it's not too dull to agree with someone, but I think he's right.
There are times when I wonder just how much of this play can be said to
make sense.

The question, though, is how something that seems to contradict itself
can be so superb. (TSE, of course, thought it was mediocre, and so have
some others, but the vast library of writing on it belie that -- and it
remains the definitive vehicle for any actor.) It makes me wonder how
much logical coherence matters.

Cheers,
 don
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