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Hamlet Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0075  Friday, 14 January 2005

From:           D Bloom <
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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.

Cheers,
don

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