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Shakespeare's bewitching line

Abstract:

In the prefatory material to the First Folio (1623), Ben Jonson praised Shakespeare with a phrase too fitting to be fitting. Shakespeare’s lines, he wrote, were ‘richly spun, and woven so fit’ (49). This makes Shakespeare into, or out to be, a labourer warping and wefting in a tapestry workshop – a description perhaps too artisanal and banal for an encomium (of sorts). Jonson moves over his own verse line to arrive at a more evocative criticism: that Shakespeare writes a ‘living line’ (59), ...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1017/9781108557177.024

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
Oxford college:
St Anne's College
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Author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Volume:
71
Pages:
232-241
Host title:
Shakespeare Survey
Publication date:
2018-11-01
Acceptance date:
2017-09-23
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ISSN:
0080-9152
Source identifiers:
798043
ISBN:
9781108557177
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pubs:798043
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uuid:17e09413-1d8f-4e87-8130-826d8855a148
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pubs:798043
Deposit date:
2017-11-27

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