By William Shakespeare, Jane Armstrong
THE ARDEN DICTIONARY OF SHAKESPEARE QUOTATIONS. Compiled by means of Jane Armstrong. 396 pp. London : Thomson studying, 2000 (1999).
The current compilation includes 3000 quotations, either famous and lesser-known, from Shakespeare's performs and poems. The quotations differ in size from brief sentences reminiscent of "For he was once nice of heart," via to longer passages akin to Hamlet's soliloquy, "To be or to not be," that could run to nearly a web page or extra. so much quotations, even though, are particularly brief, and lots of consist in basic terms of "a strikingly expressed notion or resonant word" equivalent to "Do you odor a fault?"
Speaker, addressee, and act/scene/line references are keyed to the Arden Shakespeare sequence, and a few are by means of short annotations which support make clear the context. The publication is rounded out with a 4-page lifetime of Shakespeare; a 12-page thesaurus; an in depth 45-page key-phrase Index; and an Index of References to Plays.
In her Preface, Editor Jane Armstrong writes that, as in "the 'commonplace books' during which Shakespeare's contemporaries recorded memorable extracts from their reading," her booklet has been equipped by way of subject - e.g., ABSENCE, wants, GUILT, HASTE, LOVE - when you consider that she feels that this "often basically finds the focus around an issue in a selected play; and ... occasionally exhibits rules routine via Shakespeare's paintings, both in related shape or in a development from the extra straightforwardly expressed to the more and more complicated and embedded" (pp. xi-xii).
The booklet, in different phrases, has been designed to serve a twofold objective - basically as a standard ebook or compilation of subject matters, and simply secondarily as a dictionary - and since it comprises in simple terms 3000 quotations readers are sometimes not likely to discover what they are trying to find.
I was once shocked, for instance, to find key line from 'Titus Andronicus' - "When will this worried shut eye have an end?" - has now not been incorporated. in reality, shut eye does not even look as a subject, because the unmarried line containing it's been subsumed less than SLEEP. i used to be additionally, till I rigorously learn Armstrong's Preface, surpised to discover that, even if there are twenty "heart" quotations, center itself doesn't seem as a subject matter.
To find the road "For he used to be nice of heart," which has been incorporated lower than the subject the Aristocracy, you'll have to seek the key-phrase Index. In different phrases, when you are looking for a selected line you want to FIRST payment THE key-phrase INDEX, because the booklet has no longer been prepared as a dictionary of phrases yet as a ordinary e-book of themes or issues, and a extra actual (and much less deceptive) identify for it will were 'The Arden general publication of Shakespeare Quotations' or 'The Arden Dictionary of Shakespeare's Themes.'
A really whole 'dictionary' that will completely fulfill all readers and within which we might all locate all of our favourite passages and contours may perhaps in fact in basic terms take the shape of a rearrangement of Shakespeare's entire works, whatever sincerely impracticable in a handy-sized e-book of simply 396 pages.
Within its limits, and given its goals, i have discovered that during use the Arden compilation is a fascinating ebook that does a pretty solid activity normally. a lot of my favourite strains are there, although others will not be, yet in reimbursement i have been guided to attention-grabbing new traces and feature loved exploring sure topics. the most frustration i have encountered is that many passages look too truncated, and that i could have loved to have obvious extra of the poetic context. yet this in fact could have intended a far higher book.
The ebook is sure in an ornamental sleek wrapper, stitched, well-printed on strong skinny paper, and is sort of a good-looking construction. As a small eightvo in measurement (8 via five inches) it isn't too massive, has a pleasant feel and appear to it, and is simple to refer to and browse. even though it is not excellent (what is?), i would say it is a beneficial (though sometimes difficult) reference that would additionally supply attention-grabbing shopping fabric for the Shakespeare fanatic.
In sum, it is a e-book with many beautiful gains, yet do not anticipate to discover every thing you search for in it : just a whole Shakespeare or even anything just like the Schmidt Lexicon may provide that. And to prevent the potential of confusion, be sure you learn Jane Armstrong's Preface, during which she makes it completely transparent that this e-book is _not_ essentially a dictionary of phrases. it is meant to be whatever extra attention-grabbing!
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83-4, ULYSSES TO THE GREEK PRINCES; 'degree' here means 'rank', and 'vizarded', 'masked' 5 Cucullus non facit monachum; that's as much to say, as I wear not motley in my brain. 52-4, FESTE TO OLIVIA; 'the hood does not make the monk' was proverbial 6 I do believe thee: I saw his heart in 's face. 446-7, POLIXENES TO CAMILLO See also HYPOCRISY ARGUMENT 7 O sir, we quarrel in print, by the book; as you have books for good manners. I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort Courteous; the second, the Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the fourth, the Reproof Valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance; the seventh, the Lie Direct.
444, CARDINAL WOLSEY TO CROMWELL 3 Who so firm that cannot be seduced? 308, CASSIUS TO BRUTUS 4 You yourself Are much condemned to have an itching palm, To sell and mark your offices for gold To undeservers. 9-12, BRUTUS to his brother-in-law CASSIUS 5 Shall we now Contaminate our fingers with base bribes, And sell the mighty space of our large honours For so much trash as may be grasped thus? I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon, Than such a Roman. 23-8, BRUTUS TO CASSIUS 6 There's not a one of them but in his house I keep a servant fee'd.
5-6, MIRANDA TO PROSPERO COMPROMISE 4 I would dissemble with my nature where My fortunes and my friends at stake required I should do so in honour. 62-4, VOLUMNIA TO CORIOLANUS; an ambitious mother's advice to her son COMRADESHIP 5 Gallants, lads, boys, hearts of gold, all the titles of good fellowship come to you! What, shall we be merry? 273-5, FALSTAFF TO HIS COMPANIONS 6 We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. 60, HENRY TO WESTMORLAND CONFUSION 7 My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel: I know not where I am, nor what I do.