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Shakespeare by Harold Bloom
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Jul 22, 2010

bookshelves: kessays, american-north-lit

The Boston Globe put it accurately: "For all its huge ambition, this book will probably prove most useful as a companion to the plays [and:] may find its longest shelf life in the homes of theatergoers who crave a literate friend who's still awake to chew things over with."
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Daniel Villines I like the quote. As for Shakespeare, if restrained within the theater, I find that I actually enjoy the plays. To read Shakespeare, however, is more daunting than reading Melville.

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Dan The thought that Shakespeare could be in any way restrained is, to quote water fowl, preposterous. :-)

As for the language, you'd be surprised how powerful our language faculties are. I got used to the minor discrepancies (an=if, want=lack, etc) after one play, and free syntax after a couple more. The poetry will forever be daunting, but it is amazing no doubt.

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