The Complete Dramatic and Poetic Works of William Shakespeare

The Complete Dramatic and Poetic Works of William Shakespeare

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...in merriment and were contemptuous of their opponents. Again, additional stress is laid by Shakespeare on Henry's piety, his soliloquy and prayer before Agincourt being without historical basis. Yet the main lines of his character are those laid down by Holinshed and earlier writers. The French lesson of the Princess is original; but the wooing is foreshadowed in the crude play of The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth, which had already supplied hints for Henry IV. This play also uses the Dauphin's gift of tennis-balls, and contains dialect parts which may have suggested the Welsh, Scottish, and Irish parts here; and a scene in which a Frenchman tries to hold an Englishman for ransom bears a certain resemblance to Pistol's treatment of his French captive. The stealing of the pyx and the fate, though not the character, of Bardolph are historical. The Dauphin was not in fact present at the battle of Agincourt, and in this detail the Quarto follows history more accurately than the Folio. The simile of the bees in Canterbury's speech (i. ii. 187-204) may have been suggested by a passage in Lyly's Euphues and his England, which in turn is based on Pliny. The style of the sonnet Epilogue suggests some doubts as to its authorship, --a point of some importance in view of the stress laid on it in discussions on Henry VI. With the exception of the doubtful Henry VIII, this play was the last to be written of Shakespeare's histories. The crises in English history before the Tudor period which gave good dramatic opportunity were well-nigh exhausted, and the limitations of the form of the chronicle play must have been increasingly irksome to Shakespeare's developed artistic sense. Henry V forms an appropriate close to the series, bringing, as it does, .show more

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  • Paperback | 1096 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 55mm | 1,910g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236565533
  • 9781236565532