The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0162 Thursday, 22 January 2004
From: Martin Steward <
Date: Wednesday, 21 Jan 2004 13:46:46 -0000
Subject: 15.0151 Shakespeare for Kids
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0151 Shakespeare for Kids
After reading the immortal lines -
"Meanwhile King Claudius was still uptight:
The cause of Hamlet's madness had not come to light."
Don Bloom wonders, "Am I the only one who finds butchered metrics to be
like fingernails on a chalkboard? Do people assume that children are too
stupid to notice the ineptitude? I don't claim to be any Alexander Pope
lisping in verse since infancy, but I have detested such horrors as long
as I can remember."
Yeah, tsk tsk! Like that Edmund Spenser: 6,000 stanzas of The Faerie
Queene, and he manages to cock up the last line in every one of them!
Speaking of whom, Ed Taft observes, "Some people love reading him, but
few before the age of 30 or so."
Few who aren't certifiable nutcases, from what I've seen. (And I went
through the frightening experience of attending a conference that was
full of them. It was as if I'd fallen into some terrifying parallel
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