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First Folio Function
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0996  Wednesday, 25 May 2005

From:           William Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 24 May 2005 12:29:07 -0400
Subject: 16.0978 First Folio Function
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0978 First Folio Function

Peter Groves writes:

 >"Restoring Shakespeare's verse (as mangled by
 >contemporary printing-houses)is surely a great service to actors,
 >directors, audiences, and readers of Shakespeare."

I have a friend, a poet, who can and does speak in blank verse.  If he
didn't point out that he was doing so, I certainly wouldn't know that he
was.  I would think that he was speaking prose. So, if blank verse is
set as prose, would the actor whose lines these are, the director of the
play in which these lines are contained, and the audiences listening to
these lines -- would they realize that these lines are blank verse set
as prose. Would they hear a difference either way?

The reader, of course, is a different animal.

Bill Godshalk

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