The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0087 Monday, 17 January 2005
From: Terence Hawkes <
Date: Friday, 14 Jan 2005 12:57:43 -0500
Subject: Hamlet Questions
Comment: SHK 16.0075 Hamlet Questions
Dear Don Bloom and Scot Zarela,
"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".
I'd have thought this makes it reasonably clear that Eliot's focus is on
the audience's response to and perception of "Hamlet" in performance.
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