The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0075 Friday, 14 January 2005
Date: Thursday, 13 Jan 2005 09:52:30 -0600
Subject: 16.0064 Hamlet Questions
Comment: RE: SHK 16.0064 Hamlet Questions
Scot Zarela writes
'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".'
Yes, but he's wrong, of course. It IS poetry while it's going on.
Afterward -- something else.
"A bliss in proof -- and prov'd a very woe," as someone once said.
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