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Antony and Cleopatra and The Sonnets?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0269  Thursday, 10 February 2005

From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Tuesday, 8 Feb 2005 14:14:42 -0500
Subject: 16.0254 Antony and Cleopatra and The Sonnets?
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0254 Antony and Cleopatra and The Sonnets?

The creative process miraculously permits a playwright to draw a large
political reference to, say, Shakespeare's Queen and her buddies, and
still populate the details with references from personal life. There is
no reason that AC could NOT be discussing Elizabeth AND Emilia and/or
Will's mommy and/or his wife and/or any other woman or man he ever met.
All his brain had to do was notice any similarity or contrast and his
brain was good at that.

Shakespeare is notoriously not about one thing OR the other. He is
always about one thing AND the other. And the other. And the other.

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