Monday, September 15, 2014

Shakespeare's Writing

A wonderful description of Shakespeare's writing:
His achievement as a dramatist is inseparable from his achievement as a poet. In his verse words simply do more than in the verse of other playwrights. The language, with its kaleidoscopic show of imagery and allusion, is continually extending the range of experience gathered into the play, which becomes much more than a series of dramatized events. The poetry helps to transmit Shakespeare's sense of life and to create the imaginative world through which that sense of life is communicated. Rhythmically, the verse mimics the movements of the speaker's mind and heart. Visual and auditory elements enhance each other, as Shakespeare, writing for the bare Renaissance stage, conducts, by means of speech, a kind of 'movie-making for the mind's eye.' (MacDonald P. Jackson, Defining Shakespeare, 2003, p. 150, quoted in Will Sharpe, "Authorship and Attribution," in William Shakespeare and Others, Collaborative Plays, 2013, p. 643)

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