The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0866 Wednesday, 4 May 2005
Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2005 09:19:53 -0700
Subject: 16.0849 Subterranean Shakespeare - Shakespeare's
Comment: Re: SHK 16.0849 Subterranean Shakespeare - Shakespeare's
Geoff Pond, your program and the Rude Mechanicals sounds delightful.
Wish I could bop on down from here in Portland for it. Let us know when
the CD is out!
Years ago I heard a calypso band do "It was a lover and his lass," with
steel drums and a singer with a fine bass voice. Everyone seems to write
their own "You spotted snakes" any more, but one of the most engaging
I've heard was 15 years ago not only sung by children but composed by them.
The sonnets are well represented on your program. I discovered long ago
that "They that have power to hurt and will do none" very well fits the
tune of "I'll take you home again, Kathleen." That song being rather
treacly, the heaviness of the sonnet makes for an amusing travesty.
A study of changing styles through the years would make a good
dissertation topic. Better you than me!
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