Living Age Volume 92

Living Age Volume 92

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...' private friends' seem to us to mi-an those fnonds among whom copies had circulated, and from whom 'Mr. W. H.'--who(-.ver he might be--had obtained them. The book was published, and all these sonnets, in which Mr. Armitage Brown, more than two hundred years after, discovered so disgraceful a history, were exhibited to the world. But we do not find Shakespeare taking any notice; surely the great dramatist thought that in his sonnets, as in his plays, he might represent scenes and characters with which he had no sympathy. Singularly enough, two years before ' Lear' had been published, and a few months previous to the sonnets, asecond edition. which bore the unusual title, ' Mr. William Shakespeare: His true Chronicle Historic of the Life and Death of King Lear.' It was, therefore, evidently very popular. Now, the reader will recollect that in this play the horrible scene of blinding the Earl of Glo'ster occurs. Glo'ster had been guilty of the same sin, which, we are told on the mere testimony of the sonnets, Shakespeare committed. ' The Gods are just, ' says Edgar, ' and of our pleasant vices ' Make instruments to scourge us.' But had Shakespeare been scourged? Can we believe that he would have dared to point thus to the vengeance of Heavcn, had he been the breaker of his marriage vow, even as Glo'stcr? lVe really can see no other solution to this ' much vexed question ' than what has been called ' the dramatic view: ' that the sonnets are a collection of poems, some adll1'ktSSP(l'iO Lord Southampton, some struck off in the mere exercise of fancy, --perhaps intended for insertion in his plays, --many ' written more

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  • Paperback | 650 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,143g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236767977
  • 9781236767974