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Upstart Crow
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0297  Thursday, 19 April 2007

From: 		Mark Alexander <
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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."

Thank you,
Mark Alexander

[Editor's Note: My posting this question should in no way be construed 
as my providing the opportunity for a responder to use the occasion to 
bring up conspiracy theories, hidden meanings, or so-called "authorship" 
matters. -HMC]

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