The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1470  Thursday, 30 May 2002

From:           Brian Willis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 29 May 2002 10:58:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1461 Re: Aristotle's Poetics Read By Shakespeare?
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1461 Re: Aristotle's Poetics Read By Shakespeare?

I wonder if it is no accident that the history plays opened a window for
Shakespeare that did not involve the unities. Regardless of his
knowledge of them or not, the history tradition must break that unity
because they chronicle the passage of time. I can almost picture
Shakespeare writing his early histories and realizing how much more
possibility lay outside of the strict confines of unity of time, place,
and action.

Thinking again about this topic, A Midsummer Night's Dream toes the
line, not confined to real time but evolving over one night rather than
days or years.  And of course, it also holds the mirror up to its
audience with its self-conscious stagings and restaging of events, its
rehearsals and Pyramus. It just goes to show how experimental
Shakespeare really was and to what degree he transformed the still
evolving craft of theatre. "Theatre, thou art translated". :)

Brian Willis


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