« The Big Seven-Oh | Main | Another Merchant Mystery »

March 24, 2009


Vivian de St. Vrain

That Shakespeare wrote for the stage does not render the false starts and loose ends in his plays are any less fascinating. Beware of such knownothingist views, gentle blogreaders, especially when they come from self-promoting writers of vanity press books. The plays wouldn't have been published at all, especially in such elaborate formats as the 1623 Folio, if readership hadn't been cultivated (as recent scholarship has affirmed).

John F.X. Doherty

Shakespeare's plays are full of such side issues as Launcelot's Moor. To seek to explain them can be the work of an idle moment only. In many cases they are probably
topical references which have no meaning now. It is likely Shakespeare simply threw them in to lend the scene a feeling of life going on outside the play. Many of them only show up when the play is read. In the theatre they may pass without notice, and Shakespeare wrote for the theatre not for the book shelf, as I point out in my book, The Ignorance Of Shakespeare.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Blogs I Read