By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom, Pamela Loos
Shakespeare's romantic comedy, As you're keen on It units up a couple of dualities, exposing the advanced relationships that exist among romance and realism, nobleman and commoner, and female and male. This examine consultant features a choice of feedback during the centuries on As you love It.
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He produced an edition of Shakespeare’s works and also, along with David Garrick, an edition of Antony and Cleopatra that the two adapted for the stage. A novel or rather pastoral romance, entitled “Euphues’s Golden Legacy,” written in a very fantastical style by Dr. Thomas Lodge, and by him first published in the year 1590, in quarto, is the foundation of As You Like It. Besides the fable, which is pretty exactly followed, the outlines of certain principal characters may be observed in the novel; and some expressions of the novelist (few, indeed, and of no great moment) seem to have taken possession of Shakespeare’s memory, and thence crept into the play.
In this passage Duke Senior speaks to the men who have come with him into the woods. While he has lost his dukedom, his life in the castle, and even the 21 22 As You Like It opportunity to spend time with his own daughter, the duke says his new life in the forest is better. Here, he says, is a life that relies on old customs, that reminds him of the good old days, that does not have the false ceremony of the court nor its dangers. While Adam was the first man to live an idyllic life with nature, the duke says, he also brought a curse on all men—yet the duke does not feel this curse.
Zimmerman’s celebrated work on Solitude discovers only half the sense of this passage. There is hardly any of Shakespear’s plays that contains a greater number of passages that have been quoted in books of extracts, or a greater number of phrases that have become in a manner proverbial. If we were to give all the striking passages, we should give half the play. . QQQ 1833—Anna Jameson. “Rosalind,” from Characteristics of Women: Moral, Poetical, & Historical Anna Murphy Brownell Jameson (1794–1860), born in Dublin, is best remembered for her character studies of Shakespeare’s heroines.
As You Like It (Bloom's Shakespeare Through the Ages) by Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom, Pamela Loos