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Hamlet Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0051  Tuesday, 11 January 2005

From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Jan 2005 13:02:24 -0500
Subject: Hamlet Questions
Comment:        SHK 16.0041 Hamlet Questions

Scot Zarela comments,

'it's hard to manage exposition in verse that's at the same time actable.'

Is it? T. S. Eliot once remarked, in respect of poetic drama, that the
audience ought to be too interested to notice whether the characters are
talking verse or prose. As he put it, in presentist mode, '"Hamlet"
isn't poetry while it's going on: it's poetry after it's over'.

T. Hawkes

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