The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1578  Friday, 10 September 1999.

From:           Richard Carn <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 9 Sep 1999 18:28:26 -0400
Subject: The thrice-three Muses Question
Comment:        SHK 10.1539 The thrice-three Muses Question

Good Hunting Lisa

You are very right about the reference, especially on Marlowe.

From the very beginning of 5.1 the subject is poetry and the death of

The comparison between madmen, lover and poets is an introduction to the
substance of Theseus' speech which is a  beautiful homage to poets.

The Centaurs were expelled from Thessaly for becoming drunk at a wedding
feast and seriously insulting several women at the party.

The Thracian singer whom the Bacchanals tear at in their rage is the
poet Orpheus.

There is a French expression which loosely translated reads "Bacchus
wrecks more men than Neptune. (ie the ocean)  It could prove salutary to
list all the artist who have been killed in drunken brawls usually in

The muses must indeed have mourned for three sons of Thespis dying one
after another within two years.

There are probably more connections between Theseus, Thessaly and
Thespis than just the four letters with which they begin.  I would like
to know what you find when you return to your library.

Good Hunting

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