The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0442 Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Date: Tuesday, 3 Jul 2007 17:03:37 -0500
Subject: 18.0418 Not included in this edition...sedition it is,
Comment: Re: SHK 18.0418 Not included in this edition...sedition it is,
I wish that someone had told me that "A Lover's Complaint" was being
jettisoned from the Shakespeare Canon before I plowed through "Critical
Essays on Shakespeare's A Lover's Complaint Suffering Ecstasy" edited by
Shirley Sharon-Zisser (pp202).
Thanks a lot for the recommendation "Shakespeare Quarterly"!
I must say, however, that Chapter 4 "Unfinished Business: A Lover's
Complaint and Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and The Rape of Lucrece by John
Roe certainly eclipsed a lot of stuff that appears in other places on
this sad short poem. I am, for example, one of those people that have
always found more in Hamlet "than the action can cope with". It may be
that some of the hints, as Roe argues in this essay can be found in "A
Lover's Complaint". However, I would like to suggest to Mr. Bates ( re:
p 116) that if he would agree that "the wretched letter" written by
Hamlet to Ophelia and read to her by Polonius is actually a forgery
written by that very wretched old man then he might end up with a
different and perhaps a better view of the Prince's character.
Elliott H. Stone
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