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Sir Edward Dyer's 'jest
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0741  Monday, 22 March 2004

From:           John Peachman <
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Date:           Saturday, 20 Mar 2004 14:49:27 +1100
Subject:        Sir Edward Dyer's 'jest'

Thanks to Peter Groves, Rolland Banker and Matthew Steggle for their
comments on my question about Sir Edward Dyer's 'jest'. Peter's
explanation that the Latin as given by Harvey is ungrammatical and just
a sloppy quote means I can rule out the possibility that the jest
involves a conscious reworking of the Latin quote. And Rolland is right
that I should have extended the quote, as it does highlight that Harvey
is contrasting the styles of Shakespeare and Dyer, in favour of the latter.

But I'm still in the dark about "Or such poets: or better: or none". Am
I wrong that this needs some explanation? And am I completely off the
mark by comparing it with some lines from Joseph Hall's (at that stage,
very recently published) Virgidemiarum?

John Peachman

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