Romeo and Juliet
Penguin UK, 7.04.2005 г. - 320 страници
'Shakespeare invented the human as we continue to know it' Harold Bloom
... long after composition, the date of a performance, which may not have been
the first, or a list in Francis Meres's book Palladis Tamia, published in 1598,
which tells us only that the plays listed there must have been written by that year.
When Juliet hurtles onstage for her marriage to Romeo, Friar Laurence greets
her with one of the play's most telling reflections: 'Here comes the lady. O, so light
a foot | Will ne'er wear out the everlasting flint' (II.6.16–17). So far from wearing it
The servant sent out with invitations to the feast boasts of his master 'the great
rich Capulet' (I.2.78) and the Nurse tells Romeo that the man who 'lays hold of
Juliet' will have 'the chinks' (I.5.116–17). The daughter of the house, the one ...
How can we tell how large or small are the things we contemplate? The great
models of the past are not reliable. The problem of scale is wrought into the
language that Shakespeare gives his characters: aggrandizing and inflating to
Yet it raises questions about the hold that characters have on their speech, and it
has on them, that permeate the play as a whole. How do we know, how can we
tell whether they mean what they say? Are they saying one thing and meaning ...
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