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Shakespeare's Welsh Inspiration?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0737  Tuesday, 19 April 2005

[1]     From:   Norman Hinton <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Apr 2005 11:30:42 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0720 Shakespeare's Welsh Inspiration?

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Apr 2005 12:47:11 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 16.0720 Shakespeare's Welsh Inspiration?


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From:           Norman Hinton <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Apr 2005 11:30:42 -0500
Subject: 16.0720 Shakespeare's Welsh Inspiration?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0720 Shakespeare's Welsh Inspiration?

I doubt that the incidence of 'Iago' in a history of Wales is relevant
.. the Oxford Dictionary of Surnames (Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges,
OUP, 1989) gives 'Iago' as Welsh form of 'Jack', either (1) from Fr.
Jacques < Lat. Jacobus or (2) from "a pet form of John, fr Low German
and Dutch Jankin < Jan + the dim.sufix -in (The loss of the nasal was a
regular development in Low Ger.)"

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Apr 2005 12:47:11 -0400
Subject: Shakespeare's Welsh Inspiration?
Comment:        SHK 16.0720 Shakespeare's Welsh Inspiration?

Ida Gaskin claims that Iago is not 'a common Welsh name.'  One of the
most widely known English-language poets of the twentieth century, the
Welshman R. S. Thomas, named the central iconic figure of his verse '
Iago Prytherch'. He describes him as 'an ordinary man of the bald Welsh
hills'.

T. Hawkes

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