The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida, by William Shakespeare

The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida, by 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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...Chappell.' ' Envie ' appears at the ' Second sounding' to open jonson's Play, and at the third sounding the ' Prologue ' enters. Addressing Envie, it says 'Stay, Monster, ere thou sinke, thus, on thy head Set we our bolder foote with which we tread Thy malice into earth: so spight should die, Despis'd and scorn'd by noble industrie. If any muse why I salute the stage, An armed Prologue; know, 'tis a dangerous age: Wherein who writes, had need present his Scener Fortie fold-proofe against the conjuring meanes Of base detractors, and illiterate apes, That fill up roomes in faire and formall shapes.' Shakespeare, when introducing with appropriateness to his theme, 'A Prologue arm'd, ' disclaims any motives similar to Jonson's before an audience which at that time would understand the allusion and Shakespeare's disclaimer of pugnaciousness. He does not ' come arm'd, ' he declares, in 'confidence Of Authors pens or Actors voyce; but suited In like conditions as our Argument, ' i. e. dressed in a costume suited to the Plot, in order merely to do the common duty of a Prologue. That duty was to set the scene by announcing it and to describe the nature and limits of the subject chosen. In this allusion may be found, therefore, both an evidence of date, and, also, as Mr. Sidney Lee has pointed out (Life of William Shakespeare, Note, p. 228), ' direct disproof' of the interpretation of Shakespeare's play that would represent it as a contribution to the theatrical controversy' raging between Jonson and Marston and Dekker (see Notes on I. iii. 392, II. iii. 20, for items depended upon to support...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
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  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236893883
  • 9781236893888