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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0292 Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Date: July 7, 2012 8:10:38 PM EDT
Subject: Re: Justin Alexander’s Reliance on Hibbard’s Hypothesis
I have long made the point that “Polonius” should be regarded as an agnomen, like “Coriolanus,” awarded to the young Corambis for his contributions as a warrior or statesman (more likely the latter) in the conquest of Poland. The play suggests that Poland was a traditional enemy of Denmark.
This view explains why Polonius is held in esteem by Claudius, why he still has some political skill.