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Shakespeare and Aging
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1227  Wednesday, 20 July 2005

[1]     From:   Edmund Taft <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Jul 2005 10:06:12 -0400
        Subj:   Shakespeare and Aging

[2]     From:   Alex Went <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Jul 2005 15:08:57 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.1215 Shakespeare and Aging

[3]     From:   Peter Bridgman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Jul 2005 23:11:15 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1215 Shakespeare and Aging


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From:           Edmund Taft <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Jul 2005 10:06:12 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare and Aging

Marvin Krims asks:

"I wonder what we can say about Shakespeare's attitude toward aging[?]"

Well, for what it's worth, there is nothing new under the sun for
Prospero, and he is ready to die. He doesn't quite fit the Charles
Schwab commercial in which a newly retired couple -- lean, healthy, and
extremely youthful-looking (except for white hair) -- sails into a
seemingly endless future, secure in the knowledge that their stocks and
bonds will provide limitless funds for a never-ending, joyous retirement.

Ed Taft

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From:           Alex Went <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Jul 2005 15:08:57 +0100
Subject: 16.1215 Shakespeare and Aging
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.1215 Shakespeare and Aging

Wisdom - yes. Nestor in Troilus and Cressida, Adam in As You Like It,
Gaunt in Richard II; the list goes on...

Alex Went

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From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Jul 2005 23:11:15 +0100
Subject: 16.1215 Shakespeare and Aging
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1215 Shakespeare and Aging

Marvin Krims asks ...

 >Does he represent mellowing or wisdom or anything else positive about
 >growing old?

Maybe, but not in As You Like It ...

The sixth age shifts into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Peter Bridgman

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