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Antony and Cleopatra 4.3
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0955  Friday, 20 May 2005

[1]     From:   L. Swilley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 19 May 2005 11:36:17 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0942 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

[2]     From:   Jack Heller <
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        Date:   Thursday, 19 May 2005 14:34:33 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0942 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3


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From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 May 2005 11:36:17 -0500
Subject: 16.0942 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0942 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

It has been suggested here that "worm" refers to death and to a snake.
Might it not also refer, in the case of these two super-passionate,
ill-starred lovers, to the penis?

L. Swilley

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From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 May 2005 14:34:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 16.0942 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0942 Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

Norman Hinton rightly pointed out:

 >Because one of the meanings of "worm" was "snake" -- here's the first
 >definition of "worm" from the OED:
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 >I. 1. A serpent, snake, dragon. Now only arch.

But has anyone yet suggested a possible phallic meaning for the "worm"?
Joy o the worm indeed.

Jack Heller

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