The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0030 Friday, 7 January 2005
From: John W. Kennedy <
Date: Thursday, 06 Jan 2005 13:53:07 -0500
Subject: 16.0029 Hamlet Questions
Comment: Re: SHK 16.0029 Hamlet Questions
Scot Zarela <
>And this leads me to further suppose that Hamlet's "inserted" speech is
>the rigmarole about "Thoughts blacke, hands apt, Drugges fit, and Time
But one may argue just as easily that the Pyrrhus speech represents
Hamlet's notion of a very good speech, whereas the "Thoughts black"
speech is rather suggestive of Shakespeare's own style at his most
lyrical. Neither one particularly resembles "Doubt thou".
Moreover, the "Thoughts black" speech itself does not seem to be to
Hamlet's purpose. It mentions poison, but not the means of administration.
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