The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0297 Thursday, 19 April 2007
From: Mark Alexander <
Date: Sunday, 15 Apr 2007 13:12:47 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Upstart Crow
Is there a consensus as the exact meaning of Robert Greene's attack on
Shakespeare? If so, what is it? What did he mean by "upstart", "crow",
"beautified with our feathers", etc. And what was his over meaning and
goal. I've heard there was some debate as to the intended meaning. Is
that still ongoing or has it been resolved.
"There is an upstart crow beautified with our feathers that,
with his tiger's heart wrapped in a player's hide,
supposes he is as well able to bombast out
a blank verse as the best of you."
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