So it is Sunday and I decided to make a masterpost for college students who might be reviewing English Renaissance literature soooo…..here are a bunch of links and sites for thee to enjoy! They might help you in case you decide to give a look to this amazing period!
I checked and you don’t need a membership or anything to read the articles from this magazines or online sources
Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies: you can read them online, ALL, for FREE! All you need is a Jstor account, which you can make for free too, it doesn’t matter if your University doesn’t have access to some specific publications.
Quidditas: On-line Journal of The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association
First of all, I’ve always agreed with Woody Allen who said, “it wasn’t William Shakespeare - it was another guy named William Shakespeare.” That’s a great line.
This has its origins in people who thought he was just too lower class. A typically British idea, that he was just too lower class to have been so brilliant. Ben Johnson, I believe it was, said he had little Latin and less Greek. I think it is a canard. Just snobbery basically. It’s never really had - look, you know, you can put together a conspiracy theory out of anything - it’s never really had any basis in fact except that incredible idea that it couldn’t have been done. And it couldn’t have been done. It’s an amazing…it’s kind of like
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. How do think about that sitting in a patent office just fooling around? How do you come up with that?
Hey! I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the scansion guide you posted a while ago. I majored in Latin in college and so learnt how to scan Latin poetry, but could never figure out how to do it in English. The guide completely clarified things!
Hey! I’m so glad! I actually really love scansion? It’s amazing how much more you can discover about a piece of text when you break it down. This is a thing I think all English majors should learn how to do and yet I have never had a teacher who satisfactorily explained it or even provided an opportunity for practical application. (If I ever get to teach Shakespeare, by the Bard my class will learn scansion and there were will be an exam where you’re given a random passage, asked to scan it and then defend/explain your decisions.) Anyway, thrilled to hear this is helpful.
“How now, my lord, why do you keep alone Of sorriest fancies your companions making, Using those thoughts which should indeed have died With them they think on? Things without all remedy Should be without regard; what’s done is done.”