The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2026  Friday, 19 November 1999.

From:           Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 17 Nov 1999 13:04:27 -0500
Subject: Re: Age of Awareness
Comment:        SHK 10.2011 Re: Age of Awareness

One of the Five Great Unanswered Questions about the Bard has always
been "Why should anyone in their right mind want to introduce
Shakespeare to the 'very young'?"

Geralyn Horton, Playwright's proposal

'the greatest gift one can give a child is to expose the child to great
poetry-and archaic forms-very early, while the brain is still learning
language, and mastering usage. Then, sound patterns have not faded into
background, but are enjoyed for their own sake, and unfamiliar words are
not obstacles, but treasures to be caught up by guesswork and added to
one's growing store.'

effectively abandons meaning and offers mere 'sound patterns' as an
acceptable substitute for it. Dangerous romantic nonsense. This is to
reduce Shakespeare to the level of Dylan Thomas. Fie!

Terence Hawkes

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