notes on sylvia plath's copy of hamlet from her undergrad years
-wrote intellectual next to “horatio says ’‘tis but our fantasy”
-wrote architectural balance next to claudius’ first speech
-“how is it that the clouds still hang on you”: wrote ambiguous over “clouds”
-underlined “unmanly grief”
-underlined “you speak like a green girl / unsifted in such perilous circumstance”
-underlined everything from “so often it chances in particular men…from that particular fault” and wrote tragic flaw
-underlined ophelia’s entire “my lord as I was sewing in my closet” speech
-wrote growth of madness next to “fell into a sadness”; old age & decay next to “old men have grey beards”; and death-wish next to “except my life”
-wrote world a prison next to “denmark’s a prison”
-wrote depressive above what a piece of work is man speech
-underlined polonius’ “ecstasy of love” and “still on my daughter”
-wrote decay next to “fatted all the region kites with this slaves offal”
-wrote uncertain of nature of the ghost next to “my weakness and my melancholy”
-underlined all of to be or not to be
-next to “why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners” she wrote all is corruption
-next to “marry this is miching mallecho it means mischief” she wrote furious
-she underlined “I’ll take the ghosts word for a thousand pound” and wrote wretched like spies, popinjays
-she underlines every instance of the word “revenge”
-underlined “mother mother mother”
-wrote stichomythia on “now mother what’s the matter”
-ophelia’s mad scene: she underlined “lord we know what we are but know not what we may be,” “quoth she” song, “come my coach…good night,” rosemary, pansies, violets, wrote references to her father next to “and will he not come again”
-underlined everything from “there is a willow” through “our cold maids do dead men’s fingers call them”
-seems generally to underline lines abt corpses and decay
-underlined “there is no ancient gentleman but gardeners, ditchers and gravemakers; they hold up adam’s profession” and above it she wrote “when adam delved and eve span / who was then the gentleman?”
-underlined and starred “absent thee from felicity a while and in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain to tell my story”
Is it possible that we don't preserve all of Shakespeare's work nowadays? What if he wrote more plays than the ones we know of?
He actually did.
We know for a fact that there are missing plays because there are records of the plays having been published or performed. A guy called Francis Meres published a book called Palladis Tamia in 1598 which includes a list of the plays Shakespeare had written up to that point, the list contains a reference to a certain Love’s Labours Won, which is mentioned again in a book register belonging to the stationer Christopher Hunt in 1603. Some scholars suggest this is a sequel to Love’s Labours Lost, others think it might be the alternative title of an existing play. The RSC went with this second suggestion and performed Much Ado About Nothing under the title of Love’s Labours Won in 2014 as a companion play to Love’s Labour’s Lost.
The other lost play called Cardenio, performed by the King’s Men in 1613 (from surviving performance records). A record that claims its authors were Shakespeare and Fletcher survives in a Stationer’s Register from 1653. Of course, this can’t necessarily be trusted because of Shakespeare’s name-value and the lateness of the entry, but the idea that it was written by Fletcher and Shakespeare coheres with the other known performance date and details we have of the play. It’s been speculated that this play would have been about the lover Cardenio from Cervante’s Don Quixote,the first part of which was published in translation in England in 1612. There’s a play by Lewis Theobald called Double Falsehood that claims to be a version of Cardenio, supposedly based on manuscripts of the play. It’s completely possible that this is indeed true, and that Theobald re-wrote the play just like other Shakespeare plays were re-written in the restoration, but if it is true, then the manuscripts he based his version off has been lost. Many scholars recognise the claim behind Theobald’s work, and the Arden Shakespeare published Double Falsehood as part of their collection of Shakespeare’s works. More recently, Gary Taylor has written a version od Cardenio which attempts to imaginatively reconstruct what Shakespeare’s Cardenio would have been like. It’s being premiered in the UK right now.
In other lost plays, there’s also some speculation about the earlier Hamlet, generally referred to as Ur-Hamlet, which almost certainly existed and which some scholars attribute to Shakespeare. The more popular theory is that it was written by Thomas Kyd.
Although it’s possible that there are others, it’s actually quite unlikely that there are plays we don’t know about that have been lost because early modern print culture was fast-paced, extremely consumerist and therefore full of records. Once Shakespeare’s name started to sell, lots of dodgy printers slapped his name on anything vaguely plausible to try and sell it. This suggests that if there was anything out there he’d actually written, it would have been published, legally or illegally, and if not published, at least entered on a register that would have worked to give a printer copyright over the work. So even if the copies didn’t survive, there would be some reference to it somewhere, just as there is for Love’s Labours Won and Cardenio.
I would like to do a production of hamlet set in a middle class conservative but relatively secular jewish household in like hackensack new jersey set any time between 1965 and 1995. there would be a big visual theme of kitschy fake stuff like a wax fruit centerpiece on the dining table
You want a fanfic about you? Here it is. (I'm so sorry. (I assumed your gender IM SORRY)It's horrible.) An artist. Thats what she was. She moulded words like clay and used her sentences to make a sculpture. She was a beautiful writer and will never know just how much we appreciate her. She was a light in the dark shining bright and never flickering. She along with many others guided her ship home through the darkness of hate and we are all thankful. We appreciate you.
I was in the middle of my AP LIT class when I saw this, and I promise you that I almost cried when I was reading it :’) But before I could, I had to read/act out Polonius’ lines from Hamlet, so I had to get my act together and become a man (figuratively for acting purposes).
I wish I could hug you for writing this for me because this is just too sweet!!! I can’t thank you enough 😭😭 I’m always so self conscious about my writings and when I get feeback like this, it just…ughhhhh it turns me into such an emotional piece of trash 😂 I just…thank you so much! I wish I could give you the world, but sadly that’s impossible 😢 You are literally too sweet for this world, Anon 😙
Hi there, Let me start off that I don’t have a Tumblr account (duh…. except spending time on other people’s blogs, I’m guilty of that) so I don’t know how it works around here, forgive my ignorance. But I recently discovered something that I want to share with the Restructural Committee since I haven’t found anything close to it on the blog. I have made a very scarce research on the topic - if somebody has already found what I am about to point out (I’m just too lazy to dig more), then I’m sorry, I wouldn’t know. Also a warning: lot of text incoming, but I hope you’ll find it interesting.