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Original Play, THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, PART II
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0567  Tuesday, 23 September 2008

From:       Ros Barber <
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Date:       Monday, 22 Sep 2008 10:40:30 +0100
Subject: 19.0560 Original Play, THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, PART II
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0560 Original Play, THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, PART II

John W Kennedy <
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 >>Ros Barber <
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 >>Written in blank verse, adhering to the traditional Shakespearean
 >>five-act structure, it is executed in the form of what would be a
 >>faithful sequel.
 >
 >I've looked at the extract of this play, and whilst not wishing to
 >rain on another author's parade, it seems to be written in free
 >verse rather than blank verse. Some lines fall into iambic
 >pentameter but many do not. Nevertheless, it is an interesting and
 >bold idea.
 >
 >It's nothing of the kind; five minutes with Wikipedia could have told
 >him why Shakespeare didn't write a scene in which Fleance becomes
 >king of Scotland.

I gave up reading the play after two minutes, as the error of form was so 
immediately obvious that I lost interest in the contents. I confess that the 
epithets 'bold' and 'interesting' were my attempts to be polite, and are a 
symptom of my ten-years' experience in teaching creative writing, in which I 
have learnt to tread carefully on the dreams of aspiring authors. Your feedback 
will no doubt be useful to him too, if he hasn't descended into a spiral of 
binge drinking and self-harm.

Ros Barber

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