Comedy of Twelfth Night

Comedy of Twelfth Night

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense Native perfumes, and whisper whence they stole Those balmy spoils.' The image in Milton, as well as in Shakspere, combines the notion of sound as well as fragrance. In Shakspere, 'the sound that breathes'--the soft murmur of the breeze playing amid beds of flowers--is put first, because of the ' dying fall' of the exquisite harmony; but in Milton the ' perfumes' of the 'gentle gales' are more prominent than 'the whisper, ' because the image is complete in itself, unconnected with what precedes. Further, Shakspere has nowhere else made the south an dour-breathing wind; his other representations are directly contrary. In As You Like It, Rosalind says: 'You foolish shepherd, wherefore do you follow her. Like foggy south, fwffi1'K w/th wind and rain?' In Romeo and Juliet we have the 'dew-dropping south.' In Cymbeline, 'the south-fog rot him.' We prefer, therefore, on all accounts, to hold to the original text." W. remarks: "Sound appears in the authentic text, and, to say the least, is comprehensible and appropriate, and is therefore not to be disturbed, except by those who hold that S. must have written that which they think best. But did Pope, or the editors who have followed him, ever lie musing on the sward at the edge of a wood, and hear the low sweet hum of the summer air, as it kissed the coyly-shrinking wild flowers upon the banks, and passed on loaded with fragrance from the sweet salute? If they ever did, how could they make this change of sound to south? and if they never did, they are unable to entirely appreciate the passage, much less to improve it." When the folio reading can be so eloquently defended we do not feel justified in departing from it; but we nevertheless more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 123678121X
  • 9781236781215