By William Shakespeare, Jane Armstrong

THE ARDEN DICTIONARY OF SHAKESPEARE QUOTATIONS. Compiled via Jane Armstrong. 396 pp. London : Thomson studying, 2000 (1999).

The current compilation comprises 3000 quotations, either recognized and lesser-known, from Shakespeare's performs and poems. The quotations differ in size from brief sentences akin to "For he was once nice of heart," via to longer passages resembling Hamlet's soliloquy, "To be or to not be," which could run to nearly a web page or extra. so much quotations, despite the fact that, are particularly brief, and plenty of consist in simple terms of "a strikingly expressed idea or resonant word" similar to "Do you scent 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 booklet 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' within which Shakespeare's contemporaries recorded memorable extracts from their reading," her ebook has been prepared by way of subject - e.g., ABSENCE, wishes, GUILT, HASTE, LOVE - due to the fact that she feels that this "often basically unearths the focus around a subject matter in a specific play; and ... occasionally exhibits rules ordinary via Shakespeare's paintings, both in comparable shape or in a development from the extra straightforwardly expressed to the more and more complicated and embedded" (pp. xi-xii).

The e-book, in different phrases, has been designed to serve a twofold objective - essentially as a common e-book or compilation of topics, and basically secondarily as a dictionary - and since it comprises merely 3000 quotations readers are sometimes not likely to discover what they are trying to find.

I used to be shocked, for instance, to find key line from 'Titus Andronicus' - "When will this frightened shut eye have an end?" - has no longer been integrated. in truth, shut eye does not even seem as an issue, because the unmarried line containing it's been subsumed below SLEEP. i used to be additionally, until eventually 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.

To find the road "For he was once nice of heart," which has been integrated below the subject the Aristocracy, you'll have to seek the key-phrase Index. In different phrases, while you're looking for a specific line you might want to FIRST cost THE key-phrase INDEX, because the publication has no longer been prepared as a dictionary of phrases yet as a general booklet of issues or subject matters, and a extra exact (and much less deceptive) name for it'll were 'The Arden common ebook of Shakespeare Quotations' or 'The Arden Dictionary of Shakespeare's Themes.'

A really entire 'dictionary' that might completely fulfill all readers and within which we'd all locate all of our favourite passages and features may possibly in fact merely take the shape of a rearrangement of Shakespeare's entire works, whatever sincerely impracticable in a handy-sized publication of simply 396 pages.

Within its limits, and given its goals, i have came across that during use the Arden compilation is an engaging e-book that does a reasonably sturdy task quite often. lots of my favourite traces are there, even though others are not, yet in repayment i have been guided to attention-grabbing new strains and feature loved exploring yes issues. the most frustration i have encountered is that many passages appear too truncated, and that i might have cherished to have visible extra of the poetic context. yet this in fact might have intended a miles higher book.

The publication is certain in an ornamental smooth wrapper, stitched, well-printed on stable skinny paper, and is kind of a good-looking creation. As a small eightvo in dimension (8 by means of five inches) it isn't too titanic, has a pleasant feel and appear to it, and is simple to refer to and skim. even though it isn't really excellent (what is?), i might say it is a priceless (though sometimes challenging) reference that would additionally supply attention-grabbing looking fabric for the Shakespeare fanatic.

In sum, it is a ebook with many appealing positive factors, yet do not count on to discover every little thing you search for in it : just a entire Shakespeare or even anything just like the Schmidt Lexicon may provide that. And to prevent the opportunity of confusion, you should definitely learn Jane Armstrong's Preface, within which she makes it completely transparent that this e-book is _not_ essentially a dictionary of phrases. it truly is meant to be whatever extra fascinating!

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12-15, SERVANT TO OTHERS, of Timon See also POVERTY BETRAYAL 3 I know thee not, old man. 47, the new KING HENRY V to his former friend FALSTAFF 4 Et tu, Brute? ' 5 This was the most unkindest cut of all. 184, MARK ANTONY'S oration on the death of Julius Caesar 6 Take, o take those lips away That so sweetly were forsworn. 1-2, song 7 The private wound is deepest. 71, VALENTINE TO PROTEUS 8 Him I do not love that tells close offices The foulest way nor names concealments in The boldest language. 122-4, PALAMON See also INFIDELITY; TREASON AND TREACHERY 20 I BETTER DAYS BETTER DAYS 1 If ever you have looked on better days; If ever been where bells have knolled to church; If ever sat at any good man's feast; If ever from your eyelids wiped a tear, And know what 'tis to pity and be pitied, Let gentleness my strong enforcement be.

234-5, HENRY; more below, and at KINGSHIP AND RULE; SLEEP AND SLEEPLESSNESS 5 'Tis not the balm, the sceptre and the ball, The sword, the mace, the crown imperial, The intertissued robe of gold and pearl, The farced title running 'fore the king, The throne he sits on, nor the tide of pomp That beats upon the high shore of this world, No, not all these, thrice-gorgeous ceremony. 256-62, HENRY; more at SLEEP AND SLEEPLESSNESS 6 Ceremony was but devised at first To set a gloss on faint deeds. 15-16, TIMON TO LORDS See also CUSTOM CERTAINTY 7 Certainties / .

20-3, PUCK TO OBERON 6 Let the bird of loudest lay On the sole Arabian tree Herald sad and trumpet be. Phoenix and Turtle 1-3 7 Night-owls shriek where mounting larks should sing. 183, RICHARD TO NORTHUMBERLAND 8 The lark at break of day arising, From sullen earth sings hymns at heaven's gate. 11-12 See also MUSIC; OMENS AND PORTENTS BIRTH AND CHILDBEARING 9 The pleasing punishment that women bear. 46, EGEON TO THE DUKE OF EPHESUS 10 We came crying hither. 174, LEAR TO GLOUCESTER 11 When we are born we cry that we are come To this great stage of fools.

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