The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0441  Wednesday, 4 July 2007

From: 		Sid Lubow <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 4 Jul 2007 11:52:20 EDT
Subject: 	Re: British Shakespeare Association Conference

I hope that Jonathan Bate will discuss, either on Shaksper or at the 
upcoming Conference why he did not include A Lover's Complaint, or The 
Passionate Pilgrim in his latest creation, William Shakespeare COMPLETE 
WORKS, beyond the reason that ALC has been "strongly challenged."   The 
Bard in Heaven and Charles Darwin beside him, are very interested where 
and when the authority to remove the poems was bestowed upon him from 
the University of Warwick or the Royal Shakespeare Company to do that 
unscholarly thing.

Shakespeare, wrote, in sonnets and 8.10 and 110.12,

      "A liquid prifoner pent in walls of glaffe..."

      "A God in loue, to whom I am confin'd."

For their information, and Bate knows Narcissus very well, since he 
recognized him in the Bard's very first sonnet and in sonnet 8, 
according to his book, Shakespeare and Ovid. But, he did not put it all 
together in that last line, that narcissistically, the "foolish" 
teen-ager, had played God, that the Bard was, allegorically, telling us 
that "Man created God in his own Image."

The Bard had created his masterpieces in the 1609 Quarto, telling the 
religious and political leaders of his time, the British Church, and his 
rulers, and the Pope, and Spain, and Philip, and his colonies, that they 
too, were playing the devil.

       But then I sigh, and, with a piece of scripture,
      Tell them,-that God bids us do good for evil:
      And thus I clothe my naked villainy
      With old odd ends, stol'n forth of holy writ,
      And seem a saint when most I play the devil.
           Richard III, I, ii, 333

                          In religion
      What damned error, but some sober brow
      Will bless it, and approve it with a text,
      Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
      And seemed to, sum his count, with,
      "A plague o' both your houses."
          Merchant of Venice, III, ii, 77

A very brave thing to say when hateful men are playing the devil, 
creating Gods and colonies.

Who will stand up for those "made tung-tide by authoritie."   S. 66.9

Sid Lubow

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