The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0650 Thursday, 7 April 2005
Date: Thursday, 7 Apr 2005 01:36:39 -0700
Subject: Poet Laureate
Sarah Lyall has an engaging piece in today's NY Times discussing the
difficulties of being England's poet laureate. The present holder of
that office, Andrew Motion, must come up with something appropriate for
the royal wedding this weekend. Besides the challenge of finding a rhyme
for Camilla (vanilla? flotilla? Godzilla?), he has other obstacles
including ". . . the lingering specter of Charles's dead ex-wife,
looming like Banquo at the feast."
No doubt Ms Lyall intended only a reference to a ghost, but when you
think about it is there a more sinister implication here?
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