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Monday, 26 March 2018


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Somehow David I figured you'd "just know."

"Slipped your mind perhaps" that my Go-To place for Shakespeare As Required just happens to be ... ?

Consider that a simple reminder my Friend.

Plucky little Denmark has got another "To be or not to be" moment coming up ...

What a coincidence that the Danes will decide the outcome of "medieval man" vs "renaissance man" in Europe and the West.


What is it about the Danes that have them at the cross roads of much literature and political history? I've been there once years ago and loved the place as well as the people I met. Wasn't the "Beowulf" story set in that region? Years ago we read about Ogier the Dane or Holger Danske. Lots of history for such a small country.

That is a splendid post Duffers. Unfortunately my ignorance of the bard is rather profound so I always very happy to find somebody who can shed some light.

My only slight cavil would be your implied equating of honour killing as practised in certain of the tawnier ghettoes of our land which seems to consist of pouring acid in the face of girls who wear normal western clothing whereas the medieval code of honour was I think rather more chivalrous.

I love your insight, Dear Duffers. After school I actually read the Bard for enjoyment, so I haven't analysed him in eons. The most recent though, was about 10 years ago - Henry V, Act 5, Scene 2. Be still my heart.

Well, Cuffers, I can only tell you that according to my latest history of the Crusades the extent of medieval chivalry would have been confined to the captor asking the captive whether he would prefer to be chopped into four parts or six, and would that be before or after his wife and children are raped?

Ah, mais oui, cher Miss Red, ze French lesson, n'est ce pas?

Very perceptive comments on Hamlet. During my brief stay at Exeter University, we had a guest lecture by either Dover Wilson or Wilson Knight - well it was 50 years ago! But he talked about Macbeth as I remember. Hamlet seems to be in love with his own wordplay, doesn't he? The great thing is it invites so many subtleties and interpretations.

A guest lecture by Dover Wislon/Wilson Knight - you lucky, lucky fella'!!!
I think, Mike, that Hamlet's 'wordplay' is an essential part, or product of, his 'thoughtplay'.

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