Friday, April 10, 2009

1600 to 1699: Shakespeare, Twelfth Night to Shakespeare, Hamlet.

Shakespeare. British. 1600. Play. Twelfth Night; or What You Will. Plot hinges on the physical likeness between brother and sister who become separated. Low comedy involves Maria, Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Malvolio.

Anonymous. British. 1600. Poetry Anthology. England’s Helicon. Collection of poetry published in Elizabethan period. Limited to pastoral poetry.

Shakespeare. 1601. Poetry. The Phoenix and the Turtle. Provokes speculation about its merit and meaning.

Shakespeare. British. 1601. Play. Troilus and Cressida. Troilus pursues Cressida; they consummate their love. She is unfaithful with Diomedes who has taken her back to her father who went over to the Greeks. When Patroclus is killed, Achilles kills Hector, Troilus’s older brother. Troilus leads the Trojans back to the city.

Shakespeare. British. 1601. Play. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. His father’s ghost demands revenge, but Hamlet is unable to act, beset by doubts. Hamlet is thoughtful, not active. Preoccupation with consequences of his actions: “The first modern man.” He is finally swept to revenge by events.

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