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Shakespeare's language

Author: Frank Kermode
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book argues that something extraordinary happened to Shakespeare's language in midcareer, somewhere around 1600." "An initial discussion of some of the language of the earlier plays looks for signs as to what was afoot, and this leads to a treatment of the central turning point. The rest of the book provides close studies of what came after that, in the great works between Hamlet and The Tempest. Special  Read more...
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Kermode
ISBN: 0374226369 9780374226367
OCLC Number: 42772306
Description: x, 324 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. --
pt. 2. --
Julius Caesar --
Hamlet --
Troilus and Cressida --
Measure for measure --
Othello --
King Lear --
Macbeth --
Antony and Cleopatra --
Timon of Athens --
Coriolanus --
Pericles --
Cymbeline --
Winter's tale --
Tempest --
Henry VIII and the two noble kinsmen.
Responsibility: Frank Kermode.

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"This book argues that something extraordinary happened to Shakespeare's language in midcareer, somewhere around 1600." "An initial discussion of some of the language of the earlier plays looks for signs as to what was afoot, and this leads to a treatment of the central turning point. The rest of the book provides close studies of what came after that, in the great works between Hamlet and The Tempest. Special attention is paid to many passages which are now so obscure that after all the work done by scholars they remain difficult. How could this be so, when Shakespeare was always a popular dramatist? How did this language develop, and how did it happen that in spite of everything Shakespeare had an audience capable of understanding Hamlet at the beginning of the decade and Coriolanus near the end of it?"--Jacket.

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