The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0206 Tuesday, 27 January 2004
From: Bill Arnold <
Date: Monday, 26 Jan 2004 07:00:39 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.0199 Shakespeare for Kids
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0199 Shakespeare for Kids
Peter Groves writes, "Don Bloom is right to object to the botched
metrics of the execrable couplet:
'Meanwhile King Claudius was still uptight:
The cause of Hamlet's madness had not come to light.'
OK: forget the mumbo-jumbo about "botched metrics" and concentrate on
the inane content. Kids are not getting the play Will S wrote in it,
not at all. Not only is it nursery-rhyme bunk, it is wrong on what the
play Hamlet is all about. Murderous Claudius was more than "uptight"
inasmuch as he suspected his evil deed would be discovered and his
spirit turned into a ghost for eternity, and Prince Hamlet was not mad
but calculatingly figuring out the best moment to dispatch the S.O.B.!
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