2005

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0209  Tuesday, 2 February 2005

[1]     From:   M Yawney <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 31 Jan 2005 09:06:54 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0194 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?

[2]     From:   Louis W. Thompson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 31 Jan 2005 17:20:36 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0194 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?


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From:           M Yawney <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 31 Jan 2005 09:06:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 16.0194 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0194 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?

Larry Weiss wrote:

 >I read somewhere that the convoluted language of the
 >late plays,
 >especially the Shakespearean portions of TNK, are
 >signs of tertiary
 >paresis.  Is there anything to this?

The convolution had become a popular style in drama contemporary with
late Shakespeare.

While it is possible that the complex language could be a symptom of
something pathological, it seems more likely that Shakespeare was simply
adopting the techniques the new generation of Jacobean dramatists. Ford
is probably provides the best examples of this new style (and his
clotted syntax makes WT and TNK look like Mother Goose).

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From:           Louis W. Thompson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 31 Jan 2005 17:20:36 EST
Subject: 16.0194 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0194 Did the Bard Have Syphilis?

I wonder how many diseases can be diagnosed with writing samples?

Louis W. Thompson

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