The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1003 Tuesday, 4 May 2004
Date: Monday, 03 May 2004 08:48:52 -0700
Subject: Lincoln at Cooper Union
Today's NY Times reports that Sam Waterston will recreate Lincoln's
speech at Cooper Union in the 1860 campaign for the Republican
nomination for the presidential run. It is worth one's attention on its
own merits, but Shakespeareans will be particularly interested to know this:
Mr. Waterston said he has noticed many Shakespearean correspondences in
Lincoln's speech. "His craftsmanship as a writer is very much like
Shakespeare's,'' he said, "in the cumulative use of words, the
rhetorical constructions, the use of parallels and opposition."
Lincoln, Mr. Holzer said, favored the rhetorical techniques of antiphony
(parallel contradictory double phrasing) and prosopopoeia (argument
directed against an absent opponent).
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