The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0441 Wednesday, 4 July 2007
From: Sid Lubow <
Date: Wednesday, 4 Jul 2007 11:52:20 EDT
Subject: Re: British Shakespeare Association Conference
I hope that Jonathan Bate will discuss, either on Shaksper or at the
upcoming Conference why he did not include A Lover's Complaint, or The
Passionate Pilgrim in his latest creation, William Shakespeare COMPLETE
WORKS, beyond the reason that ALC has been "strongly challenged." The
Bard in Heaven and Charles Darwin beside him, are very interested where
and when the authority to remove the poems was bestowed upon him from
the University of Warwick or the Royal Shakespeare Company to do that
Shakespeare, wrote, in sonnets and 8.10 and 110.12,
"A liquid prifoner pent in walls of glaffe..."
"A God in loue, to whom I am confin'd."
For their information, and Bate knows Narcissus very well, since he
recognized him in the Bard's very first sonnet and in sonnet 8,
according to his book, Shakespeare and Ovid. But, he did not put it all
together in that last line, that narcissistically, the "foolish"
teen-ager, had played God, that the Bard was, allegorically, telling us
that "Man created God in his own Image."
The Bard had created his masterpieces in the 1609 Quarto, telling the
religious and political leaders of his time, the British Church, and his
rulers, and the Pope, and Spain, and Philip, and his colonies, that they
too, were playing the devil.
But then I sigh, and, with a piece of scripture,
Tell them,-that God bids us do good for evil:
And thus I clothe my naked villainy
With old odd ends, stol'n forth of holy writ,
And seem a saint when most I play the devil.
Richard III, I, ii, 333
What damned error, but some sober brow
Will bless it, and approve it with a text,
Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
And seemed to, sum his count, with,
"A plague o' both your houses."
Merchant of Venice, III, ii, 77
A very brave thing to say when hateful men are playing the devil,
creating Gods and colonies.
Who will stand up for those "made tung-tide by authoritie." S. 66.9
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