The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2038 Tuesday, 21 October 2003
Date: Monday, 20 Oct 2003 16:19:18 -0300
Subject: Olivia=I, Viola
Friends of mine have recently named their baby daughter Olivia.
Experienced amateur actors and Shakespeare enthusiasts as they are, they
got to wondering whether there was any significance to the fact that a
character named Olivia appears in the same play, Twelfth Night, as a
character named Viola, and that each of these names is nearly an anagram
for the other.
Has there been any critical comment on this issue? I know that much has
been made of Caliban's name (an anagram for "canibal"), but has there
ever been a more general study of anagrams in Shakespeare?
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