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Sir Edward Dyer's "jest"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0733  Friday, 19 March 2004

From:           Matthew Steggle <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Mar 2004 10:43:27 -0000
Subject:        Sir Edward Dyer's "jest"

"quoth Sir Edward Dier, betwene iest, & earnest." -

Following up on Peter Groves' lucid post on the Latin - so, does that
mean the next bit's the other way round? Maybe "Between jest and
earnest" isn't a comment on how Dyer says what he says, it's actually
what he says.  Dyer remarks to Harvey that (since Shakespeare's a mere
playwright turned writer of high-status poetry), the epigraph is
tongue-in-cheek.

An interesting scrap of evidence for Shakespeare's early reception,
whichever way you read it.

All the best,
Matt.

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