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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0180  Friday, 23 January 2004

[1]     From:   Whitt Brantley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 08:39:16 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0151 Shakespeare for Kids

[2]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 09:49:57 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0162 Shakespeare for Kids

[3]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 20:08:41 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0162 Shakespeare for Kids

[4]     From:   Edward Brown <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Jan 2004 06:04:51 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0151 Shakespeare for Kids


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From:           Whitt Brantley <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 08:39:16 EST
Subject: 15.0151 Shakespeare for Kids
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0151 Shakespeare for Kids

What's all the fuss?  And why beat around the bush?  I've seen kids as
young as third grade perform Much Ado About Nothing (cuts here and
there, but the text was folio) and they all had a blast doing it.

Give kids more credit.

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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 09:49:57 -0600
Subject: 15.0162 Shakespeare for Kids
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0162 Shakespeare for Kids

Martin Steward complains (or seems to) about my dislike of "butchered
metrics":

"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!"

If this is whimsy, then the sarcasm rather spoils it. If serious, then
I'm left a bit puzzled as to its point. He surely knows that those last
lines aren't "cocked up."

This is, perhaps, drifting too far off the subject, which was my
suspicion of the value of "Shakespeare for Kids" from the citations
offered by TH. But my general point remains. I dislike inept
versification intensely. I have done so as long as I can remember. I
wonder if people indulge in it (compare it to the brilliance of, say,
Dr. Seuss) because they assume that children are too stupid to grasp its
ineptitude, and thus to dislike it.

To me, the snippets offered by Hawkes are so far conclusive. I would
have nothing to do with work written that badly.

Cheers,
don

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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 20:08:41 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.0162 Shakespeare for Kids
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0162 Shakespeare for Kids

Martin Steward quotes Don Bloom, in part, "...but I have detested such
horrors as long as I can remember."

Then Martin Steward writes, "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 universe)."

My mentor and friend Henry Miller of *Tropic of Cancer* fame once wrote
that he dropped out of college having to read *The Faerie Queene*.

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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From:           Edward Brown <
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Date:           Friday, 23 Jan 2004 06:04:51 -0600
Subject: 15.0151 Shakespeare for Kids
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0151 Shakespeare for Kids

Don Bloom's "damn, they are fun" makes me grin. I wonder how they dealt
with Bottom in Titania's bower?

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