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Shakespeare's Style
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0138  Wednesday, 27 February 2008

[1] 	From:	Bob Rosen<
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	Date:	Monday, 25 Feb 2008 18:33:03 EST
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0130 Shakespeare's Style

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	Date:	Monday, 25 Feb 2008 18:37:13 -0800 (PST)
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From:		Bob Rosen<
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Date:		Monday, 25 Feb 2008 18:33:03 EST
Subject: 19.0130 Shakespeare's Style
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0130 Shakespeare's Style

To me the 'common underpinnings' of a quotable Shakespeare line is its 
poetry.

Best,
Bob R

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Date:		Monday, 25 Feb 2008 18:37:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 19.0130 Shakespeare's Style
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0130 Shakespeare's Style

I first heard this story in a Dramatic Lit Course in college around 
1975. My professor introduced it then as an "old story" ...in her 
version there was an old farmer who had never been to a play in his 
life. His wife and family convinced him to go to town to see a touring 
production of Hamlet. On the way out of the theatre, the old man was 
asked what he thought of the play.

"Shucks, I don't see why people are making such a fuss. All this 
Shakespeare fella did is string a bunch of old sayings together."

As I recall, Dr. Willems was trying to make a point about how theatre 
enlightened the entire culture, even the culture of non-theatregoers.

It's also noteworthy that the latest version of "old farmer" is now 
"Wal-Mart customer."

Billy Houck
Arroyo Grande CA

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