The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0878 Thursday, 8 May 2003
Date: Wednesday, 7 May 2003 22:14:46 EDT
Subject: 14.0865 Barque does not bark
Comment: Re: SHK 14.0865 Barque does not bark
I am sure that all Shakespeare fans will be happy to once again have it
confirmed that our dramatist is entitled to an "A" in geography!
Prospero did not embark from the gates of Milan on a sea going vessel.
It is more understandable that he left in a row boat! The Tempest I. 2
144 "In few, they hurried us aboard a BARQUE, Bore us some leagues to
sea--" My American Heritage Dictionary defines "Bark also barque- 1. A
sailing ship with from three to five masts--2. A small vessel that is
propelled by oars or sails--". It is quite clear that even today you
can travel around Northern Italy by a barge or a boat on a canal. It
certainly was the preferred method of travel in the 16th century. Why is
it hard for us to believe that Shakespeare just got it right? We
certainly can believe that Shakespeare never made it to Bermuda but the
jury is still out as to whether he made it to Milan, Naples or a small
island off the coast of Sicily!
Elliott H. Stone
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