The First Histories

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ... as you can, how their sweetness and smoothness are secured. Select two stanzas THE RELATION OF VENUS AND ADONIS TO ITS SOURCES Says Anders: "Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis is inspired by Ovid's version of the same story But Shakespeare seems to be also indebted to two other Ovidian fables. From the Hermaphroditus and Salmacis story (Metam. iv, 285-388) he took the reluctance of Adonis; and from the Hunting in Calydon (Mctam. viii, 270 fi.), the description of the boar" (Shakespeare's Books, pp. 25-26). Shakespeare made no secret of his indebtedness to Ovid, but was rather proud of it. The following couplet from Ovid's Amorum Lib. i, Eleg. xv, 35, appeared on the title-page of Venus and Adonis: Vilia miretur vulgus; mihi flavus Apollo Pocula Castalia plena ministret aqua. The first complete edition of Golding's translation of the M etamorjrhoses appeared in I 567. The verbal agreement between Golding's translation of M etam. viii, 284 fi., and the description of the boar in Venus and Adonis, 619 fI'., suggests that Shakespeare had Golding's language in mind; but this is not certain. Since Venus and Adonis does not follow Ovid very closely, no questions or exercises will be given. Herford believes that Thomas Lodge's Glaucus and Silla (published 1589), written in the same stanza as Venus and Adonis, "palpably attracted and influenced" Shakespeare. He cites two stanzas for comparison. Sarrazin adds seven others (W. Shakespeare's Lehrjahre, 143-45). Unfortunately Lodge's complete works, in the Hunterian Club Publications, are in very few libraries (4 vols., 1883). QUESTIONS OF TEXT OR MEANING Although there were many early editions of Venus and Adonis, as...
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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236904206
  • 9781236904201