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Hamlet Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0064  Wednesday, 12 January 2005

From:           Scot Zarela <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 12:08:51 -0800
Subject: 16.0051 Hamlet Questions
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0051 Hamlet Questions

In SHK 16.0051 Terence Hawkes urges Eliot's memorable, "'Hamlet' isn't
poetry while it's going on:  it's poetry after it's over."

Eliot's remark employs a sort of bed-trick:  the randy copula "is" has
slipped in to do the duty of "seems".

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