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Shakespeare's Ovid: The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems

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Shakespeare's Ovid: The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems by Edited by A. B. Taylor, 9780521771924
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  • ISBN: 9780521771924 | 0521771927
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/29/2001
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Ovid's great poem, Metamorphoses, was a source of life long fascination and inspiration for Shakespeare. He drew on its great myths throughout his career: in early works like Venus and Adonis and Titus Andronicus, works of the middle period like A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night, and late plays such as The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. This book provides a comprehensive examination of his use of Ovid's poem with contributions from international scholars. It begins by examining the use of Ovid's myth in early Elizabethan literature, a use dramatically changed by Marlowe and Shakespeare himself. It then offers detailed readings of Shakespeare's use of Ovid in a wide range of plays and poems, placing emphasis on several important but often underestimated features. The book also provides a survey of twentieth-century criticism and methodology in the field.

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