The Model of Poesy

The Model of Poesy

In this groundbreaking edition, Gavin Alexander presents a text of The Model of Poesy framed by a detailed introduction and an extensive commentary, which together demonstrate the range and value of Scott's thought.

Author: William Scott

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107469266

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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The Model of Poesy is one of the most exciting literary discoveries of recent years. A manuscript treatise on poetics written by William Scott in 1599, at the end of the most revolutionary decade in English literary history, it includes rich discussions of the works of Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare and their contemporaries. Scott's work presents a powerful and coherent theoretical account of all aspects of poetics, from the nature of representation to the rules of versification, with a commitment to relating theory to contemporary practice. For Scott, any theory of literature must make sense not of the classics but of what English writers are doing now: Scott is at the same time the most scholarly and the most relevant of English Renaissance critics. In this groundbreaking edition, Gavin Alexander presents a text of The Model of Poesy framed by a detailed introduction and an extensive commentary, which together demonstrate the range and value of Scott's thought.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Matter of Song in Early Modern England

The Matter of Song in Early Modern England

The Model of Poesy offers a rich example. Scott develops a strikingly material vocabulary for the “frame and body of rules compacted and digested by reason” ...

Author: Katherine R. Larson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198843788

Category: Ballads, English

Page: 272

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This volume treats early modern song as a musical and embodied practice and considers the implications of reading song not just as lyric text, but as a musical phenomenon that is the product of the singing body. It draws on a variety of genres, from theatre to psalm translations, sonnets and lyrics, and household drama to courtly masques.
Categories: Ballads, English

Knowledge Building in Early Modern English Music

Knowledge Building in Early Modern English Music

34 William Scott, The Model of Poesy, ed. Gavin Alexander (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 21. 35 Alexander also notes that Scott calls ...

Author: Katie Bank

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000169676

Category: History

Page: 282

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Knowledge Building in Early Modern English Music is a rich, interdisciplinary investigation into the role of music and musical culture in the development of metaphysical thought in late sixteenth-, early seventeenth-century England. The book considers how music presented questions about the relationships between the mind, body, passions, and the soul, drawing out examples of domestic music that explicitly address topics of human consciousness, such as dreams, love, and sensing. Early seventeenth-century metaphysical thought is said to pave the way for the Enlightenment Self. Yet studies of the music’s role in natural philosophy has been primarily limited to symbolic functions in philosophical treatises, virtually ignoring music making’s substantial contribution to this watershed period. Contrary to prevailing narratives, the author shows why music making did not only reflect impending change in philosophical thought but contributed to its formation. The book demonstrates how recreational song such as the English madrigal confronted assumptions about reality and representation and the role of dialogue in cultural production, and other ideas linked to changes in how knowledge was built. Focusing on music by John Dowland, Martin Peerson, Thomas Weelkes, and William Byrd, this study revises historiography by reflecting on the experience of music and how music contributed to the way early modern awareness was shaped.
Categories: History

On Not Defending Poetry

On Not Defending Poetry

Defence and Indefensibility in Sidney's Defence of Poesy Catherine Bates ... Scott, William The Model of Poesy Original spelling version available at ...

Author: Catherine Bates

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192512550

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Sidney's Defence of Poesy—the foundational text of English poetics—is generally taken to present a model of poetry as ideal: the poet depicts ideals of human conduct and readers are inspired to imitate them. Catherine Bates sets out to challenge this received view. Attending very closely to Sidney's text, she identifies within it a model of poetry that is markedly at variance from the one presumed, and shows Sidney's text to be feeling its way toward a quite different—indeed, a de-idealist—poetics. Following key theorists of the new economic criticism, On Not Defending Poetry shows how idealist poetics, like the idealist philosophy on which it draws, is complicit with the money form and with the specific ills that attend upon it: among them, commodification, fetishism, and the abuse of power. Against culturally approved models of poetry as profitable—as benefiting the individual and the state, as providing (in the form of intellectual, moral, and social capital) a quantifiable yield—the Defence reveals an unexpected counter-argument: one in which poetry is modelled, rather, as pure expenditure, a free gift, a net loss. Where a supposedly idealist Defence sits oddly with Sidney's literary writings—which depict human behaviour that is very far from ideal—a de-idealist Defence does not. In its radical reading of the Defence, this book thus makes a decisive intervention in the field of early modern studies, while raising larger questions about a culture determined to quantify the 'value' of the humanities and to defend the arts on those grounds alone.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Making the Miscellany

Making the Miscellany

The Model of Poesy develops a history of English poetics that had previously stalled at the wave of rhetorical handbooks published in the 1580s.

Author: Megan Heffernan

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780812252804

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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In Making the Miscellany Megan Heffernan charts the development of printed poetry in early modern England, showing how material practices of organization were dynamic responses to poetic form and content. Her book argues for a literary history that is sensitive to the conditions of making and using early printed books.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare in the Light

Shakespeare in the Light

Scott, The Model of Poesy, 64 8. The repeated efforts of earlier critics to emend the first “peace” to “prize” (or some other less ostentatious noun) ...

Author: Paul Menzer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781683931652

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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Shakespeare in the Light convenes an accomplished group of scholars, actors, and teachers to celebrate the legacy of American Shakespeare Center’s founder, Ralph Alan Cohen. Each essay pivots off a production at the ASC’s Blackfriars Playhouse to explore the performance of Shakespeare’s plays under their original theatrical conditions.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare s Early Readers

Shakespeare s Early Readers

One of the earliest and lesser-known literary critical responses to Shakespeare's style can be found in William Scott's treatise, The Model of Poesy, ...

Author: Jean-Christophe Mayer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108651165

Category: Literary Criticism

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Who were Shakespeare's first readers and what did they think of his works? Offering the first dedicated account of the ways in which Shakespeare's texts were read in the centuries during which they were originally produced, Jean-Christophe Mayer reconsiders the role of readers in the history of Shakespeare's rise to fame and in the history of canon formation. Addressing an essential formative 'moment' when Shakespeare became a literary dramatist, this book explores six crucial fields: literacy; reading and life-writing; editing Shakespeare's text; marking Shakespeare for the theatre; commonplacing; and passing judgement. Through close examination of rare material, some of which has never been published before, and covering both the marks left by readers in their books and early manuscript extracts of Shakespeare, Mayer demonstrates how the worlds of print and performance overlapped at a time when Shakespeare offered a communal text, the ownership of which was essentially undecided.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Unwritten Poetry

Unwritten Poetry

... in one of the most eloquent successors to Sidney's Defence, namely William Scott's recently discovered manuscript treatise The Model of Poesy (1599).

Author: Scott A. Trudell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192571694

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Vocal music was at the heart of English Renaissance poetry and drama. Virtuosic actor-singers redefined the theatrical culture of William Shakespeare and his peers. Composers including William Byrd and Henry Lawes shaped the transmission of Renaissance lyric verse. Poets from Philip Sidney to John Milton were fascinated by the disorienting influx of musical performance into their works. Musical performance was a driving force behind the period's theatrical and poetic movements, yet its importance to literary history has long been ignored or effaced. This book reveals the impact of vocalists and composers upon the poetic culture of early modern England by studying the media through which—and by whom—its songs were made. In a literary field that was never confined to writing, media were not limited to material texts. Scott Trudell argues that the media of Renaissance poetry can be conceived as any node of transmission from singer's larynx to actor's body. Through his study of song, Trudell outlines a new approach to Renaissance poetry and drama that is grounded not simply in performance history or book history but in a more synthetic media history.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Handbook of English Renaissance Literature

Handbook of English Renaissance Literature

It offers a literary theory of the possibilities of fiction that is grounded in ... rediscovered manuscript on The Model of Poesy (→2013; written in 1599).

Author: Ingo Berensmeyer

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110436082

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 748

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This handbook of English Renaissance literature serves as a reference for both students and scholars, introducing recent debates and developments in early modern studies. Using new theoretical perspectives and methodological tools, the volume offers exemplary close readings of canonical and less well-known texts from all significant genres between c. 1480 and 1660. Its systematic chapters address questions about editing Renaissance texts, the role of translation, theatre and drama, life-writing, science, travel and migration, and women as writers, readers and patrons. The book will be of particular interest to those wishing to expand their knowledge of the early modern period beyond Shakespeare.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

77. William Scott, The Model of Poesy, ed. Gavin Alexander (Cambridge, 2013). Herrick, Aristotle, 38. Alexander (ed.), Sidney's 'The Defence of Poesy', 22; ...

Author: Patrick Cheney

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191077784

Category: History

Page: 808

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The Oxford History of Classical Reception (OHCREL) is designed to offer a comprehensive investigation of the numerous and diverse ways in which literary texts of the classical world have stimulated responses and refashioning by English writers. Covering the full range of English literature from the early Middle Ages to the present day, OHCREL both synthesizes existing scholarship and presents cutting-edge new research, employing an international team of expert contributors for each of the five volumes. OHCREL endeavours to interrogate, rather than inertly reiterate, conventional assumptions about literary 'periods', the processes of canon-formation, and the relations between literary and non-literary discourse. It conceives of 'reception' as a complex process of dialogic exchange and, rather than offering large cultural generalizations, it engages in close critical analysis of literary texts. It explores in detail the ways in which English writers' engagement with classical literature casts as much light on the classical originals as it does on the English writers' own cultural context. This second volume, and third to appear in the series, covers the years 1558-1660, and explores the reception of the ancient genres and authors in English Renaissance literature, engaging with the major, and many of the minor, writers of the period, including Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser, and Jonson. Separate chapters examine the Renaissance institutions and contexts which shape the reception of antiquity, and an annotated bibliography provides substantial material for further reading.
Categories: History

The Spirit of Poesy

The Spirit of Poesy

Since consciousness exists , the model of reflection ( Reflexions - Modell ) does not suffice as an explanation of the phenomenon .

Author: Richard A. Block

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810116812

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 251

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This text presents a collection of essays in honour of Geza von Molnar. The essays focus on topics in literary theory and criticism.
Categories: Literary Collections

The Places of Early Modern Criticism

The Places of Early Modern Criticism

A fine statement of this idea is provided by Clement Edmondes (a friend of Sir John Scott, cousin of the author of The Model of Poesy): Arts and sciences ...

Author: Gavin Alexander

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192571748

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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What is criticism? And where is it to be found? Thinking about literature and the visual arts is found in many places - in treatises, apologies, and paragoni; in prefaces, letters, and essays; in commentaries, editions, reading notes, and commonplace books; in images, sculptures, and built spaces; within or on the thresholds of works of poetry and visual art. It is situated between different disciplines and methods. Critical ideas and methods come into England from other countries, and take root in particular locations - the court, the Inns of Court, the theatre, the great house, the printer's shop, the university. The practice of criticism is transplanted to the Americas and attempts to articulate the place of poetry in a new world. And commonplaces of classical poetics and rhetoric serve both to connect and to measure the space between different critical discourses. Tracing the history of the development of early modern thinking about literature and the visual arts requires consideration of various kinds of place - material, textual, geographical - and the practices particular to those places; it also requires that those different places be brought into dialogue with each other. This book brings together scholars working in departments of English, modern languages, and art history to look at the many different places of early modern criticism. It argues polemically for the necessity of looking afresh at the scope of criticism, and at what happens on its margins; and for interrogating our own critical practices and disciplinary methods by investigating their history.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Inventing the Critic in Renaissance England

Inventing the Critic in Renaissance England

Gavin Alexander's edition of The Model of Poesy has filled out our understanding of “Shakespeare's first serious critic.” In a meticulous introduction and ...

Author: William M. Russell

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9781644531921

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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The turn of the seventeenth century was an important moment in the history of English criticism. In a series of pioneering works of rhetoric and poetics, writers such as Philip Sidney, George Puttenham, and Ben Jonson laid the foundations of critical discourse in English, and the English word "critic" began, for the first time, to suggest expertise in literary judgment. Yet the conspicuously ambivalent attitude of these critics toward criticism—and the persistent fear that they would be misunderstood, marginalized, scapegoated, or otherwise "branded with the dignity of a critic"—suggests that the position of the critic in this period was uncertain. In Inventing the Critic in Renaissance England, William Russell reveals that the critics of the English Renaissance did not passively absorb their practice from Continental and classical sources but actively invented it in response to a confluence of social and intellectual factors. Distributed for UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE PRESS
Categories: Literary Criticism

Philip Sidney s Defence of Poesy

Philip Sidney s Defence of Poesy

... from the digression Sidney follows the rhetorical model precisely, which, for those familiar with the model, makes his text relatively easy to follow; ...

Author: Liam Haydon

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780429818653

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 96

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The Defence of Poesy is the first major piece of literary criticism in English. Taking aim at classical authors who disparaged poetry, and contemporary critics who saw literature as a corrupting influence, Sidney foregrounds the moral force of poetry. Sidney considers the real life affects of poetry upon the reader arguing that the stories instill virtues like courage in the reader. He combines this moral argument with a discussion of the technical features like genre, metre and rhyme. The Defence of Poesy thus began a long tradition of poets writing about poetry and is a touchstone for modern poetic criticism.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Abraham Fraunce The Shepherds Logic and Other Dialectical Writings

Abraham Fraunce   The Shepherds  Logic  and Other Dialectical Writings

... pastoral mimesis will admit further levels of reading, as William Scott acknowledged in the recently discovered The Model of Poesy (1599): 'When [.

Author: Zenón Luis-Martínez

Publisher: MHRA

ISBN: 9781781881248

Category:

Page: 228

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Abraham Fraunce’s The Shepherds’ Logic (c. 1585) is one of the first English adaptations of Petrus Ramus’s Dialecticae libri duo (1556). Preserved in a manuscript also containing two shorter essays on Ramist dialectic, the work was later modified and enlarged for publication as The Lawyers’ Logic (1588). But Fraunce’s substantial and almost exclusive use of Edmund Spenser’s The Shepherds’ Calendar (1579) as the source for practical examples makes the manuscript treatise a unique document revealing the influence of the Ramist reform of the arts of discourse on the new literary elite led by Philip Sidney and Gabriel Harvey. This is the first published critical edition of Fraunce’s early treatise and the two companion essays. It presents the texts in modernized spelling, traces their sources and contexts, and draws out their literary and philosophical implications. It also includes relevant excerpts from The Lawyers’ Logic, such as Fraunce’s quantitative-verse translation of Virgil’s Second Eclogue and its Ramist analysis, and a full catalogue of the quotations from Spenser’s Calendar. As a whole, this edition sees Fraunce’s pastoral logic as a first-hand testimony showing how scholarly training in the Renaissance arts of discourse enlightened the composition and interpretation of poetic texts.
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Error in Shakespeare

Error in Shakespeare

The idea of figurative language or poetry as authorised by the elite is displayed in William Scott's Model of Poesy (1599). He disparages 'clowns, antics, ...

Author: Alice Leonard

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030351809

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 197

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The traditional view of Shakespeare’s mastery of the English language is alive and well today. This is an effect of the eighteenth-century canonisation of his works, and subsequently Shakespeare has come to be perceived as the owner of the vernacular. These entrenched attitudes prevent us from seeing the actual substance of the text, and the various types of error that it contains and even constitute it. This book argues that we need to attend to error to interpret Shakespeare’s disputed material text, political-dramatic interventions and famous literariness. The consequences of ignoring error are especially significant in the study of Shakespeare, as he mobilises the rebellious, marginal, and digressive potential of error in the creation of literary drama.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Ovid and Adaptation in Early Modern English Theatre

Ovid and Adaptation in Early Modern English Theatre

In 1589, a year or two years before the The Two Gentlemen of Verona was written, George Puttenham's influential theory of poetry, The Art of English Poesy, ...

Author: Starks Lisa Starks

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474430081

Category: Drama

Page: 296

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Uses adaptation and appropriation studies to explore early modern textual and theatrical metamorphoses of OvidApplies contemporary theoretical approaches, such as gender/queer/trans studies, feminist ecostudies, hauntology, rhizomatic adaptation, transmedialityUses adaptation studies in analyzing early modern transformations of OvidFocuses on the appropriations of "e;Ovid"e; (as an umbrella term for "e;all things Ovidian"e;) on the early modern English stageIncludes chapters on Shakespeare and Marlowe as well as other early modern dramatistsDid you know that Ovid was a multifaceted icon of lovesickness, endless change, libertinism, emotional torment and violence in early modern England? This is the first collection to use adaptation studies in connection with other contemporary theoretical approaches in analysing early modern transformations of Ovid. It provides innovative perspectives on the 'Ovids' that haunted the early modern stage, while exploring intersections between adaptation theory and gender/queer/trans studies, ecofeminism, hauntology, transmediality, rhizomatics and more. This book examines the multidimensional, ubiquitous role that Ovid and Ovidian adaptations played in English Renaissance drama and theatrical performance.
Categories: Drama

Disciplinary Measures from the Metrical Psalms to Milton

Disciplinary Measures from the Metrical Psalms to Milton

For example, in William Scott's Model of Poesy, the “clew of discipline” that in his first sentence leads to knowledge has by the end of the first paragraph ...

Author: Kenneth J.E. Graham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317150015

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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Disciplinary Measures from the Metrical Psalms to Milton studies the relationship between English poetry and church discipline in four carefully chosen bodies of poetry written between the Reformation and the death of John Milton. Its primary goal is to fill a gap in the field of Protestant poetics, which has never produced a study focused on the way in which poetry participates in and reflects on the post-Reformation English Church's attempts to govern conduct. Its secondary goal is to revise the understandings of discipline which social theorists and historians have offered, and which literary critics have largely accepted. It argues that knowledge of the early modern culture of discipline illuminates some important poetic traditions and some major English poets, and it shows that this poetry in turn throws light on verbal and affective aspects of the disciplinary process that prove difficult to access through other sources, challenging assumptions about the means of social control, the structures of authority, and the practical implications of doctrinal change. More specifically, Disciplinary Measures argues that while poetry can help us to understand the oppressive potential of church discipline, it can also help us to recover a more positive sense of discipline as a spiritual cure.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Mind of the Book

The Mind of the Book

4 William Scott, The Model of Poesy, ed. Gavin Alexander (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). 5 See ibid., p. lxiv; Alan R. Young, ...

Author: Alastair Fowler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198717669

Category:

Page: 176

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Alastair Fowler presents a fascinating study of title pages printed in England from the early modern period to the nineteenth century. He examines pictorial title pages in the context of the history of the book for the first time. The first part of The Mind of the Book explores the forerunner of the frontispiece in late antiquity, the use of frames and borders in title pages, portraits, printers' devices, emblematic title pages of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, especially attending to explanatory verses and arcane features such as chronograms, title pages as "memory prompts," and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century title-pages, tracing "the rejection of emblematic and symbolic features and the introduction of unadorned, unpictorial, title-pages." The second part of the book presents illustrations of sixteen significant title pages with commentaries, ranging from Chaucer's Works in 1532 through Bacon's Instauratio Magna in 1620, Dicken's The Mystery of Edwin Drood in 1870, and arriving back at Chaucer with Edward Burnes-Jones's illustrated title page for the Works of 1896.
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The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

Great Shakespeareans volume 5 (2011) Scott, William (b. c. ), great-grandson of Sir Thomas Wyatt and author of The Model of Poesy, a significant ...

Author: Michael Dobson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198708735

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Page: 608

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The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare is the most comprehensive reference work available on Shakespeare's life, times, works, and his 400-year global legacy. In addition to the authoritative A-Z entries, it includes nearly 100 illustrations, a chronology, a guide to further reading, a thematic contents list, and special feature entries on each of Shakespeare's works. Tying in with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this much-loved Companion has been revised and updated, reflecting developments and discoveries made in recent years and to cover the performance, interpretation, and the influence of Shakespeare's works up to the present day. First published in 2001, the online edition was revised in 2011, with updates to over 200 entries plus 16 new entries. These online updates appear in print for the first time in this second edition, along with a further 35,000 new and revised words. These include more than 80 new entries, ranging from important performers, directors, and scholars (such as Lucy Bailey, Samuel West, and Alfredo Michel Modenessi), to topics as diverse as Shakespeare in the digital age and the ubiquity of plants in Shakespeare's works, to the interpretation of Shakespeare globally, from Finland to Iraq. To make information on Shakespeare's major works easier to find, the feature entries have been grouped and placed in a centre section (fully cross-referenced from the A-Z). The thematic listing of entries - described in the press as 'an invaluable panorama of the contents' - has been updated to include all of the new entries. This edition contains a preface written by much-lauded Shakespearian actor Simon Russell Beale. Full of both entertaining trivia and scholarly detail, this authoritative Companion will delight the browser and reward students, academics, as well as anyone wanting to know more about Shakespeare.
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