Shakespeare and the Emblem Writers: An Exposition of their Similarities of Thought and Expression


Henry Green

Series: Fine Arts, Music and Literature
BISAC: LIT015000

Few only are the remarks absolutely needed by way of introduction to a work which within itself sufficiently explains and carries out a new method of illustration for the dramas of Shakespeare. This book is the results of genuine study. The results arrived at, though imperfect, are also grounded on real similitudes between Shakespeare and his predecessors and contemporaries; and those similitudes, parallelisms, or adaptations of thought, by whichever name distinguished, often arose from the actual impression made on his mind and memory by the Emblematists whose works he had seen, read, and used.
(Imprint: SNOVA)



Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
CHAPTER I. Emblems and their Varieties, with some Early Example
CHAPTER II. Sketch of Emblem Book Literature previous to a.d. 1616
CHAPTER III. Shakespeare’s Attainments and Opportunities with respect to the Fine ArtsCHAPTER IV. The Knowledge of Emblem Books in Britain, and general Indications that Shakespeare was acquainted with themCHAPTER V. Six direct References in the Pericles to Books of Emblems, some of their Devices described, and of their Mottoes quoted
CHAPTER VI. Classification of the Correspondencies and Parallelisms of Shakespeare with Emblem WritersCHAPTER VII. Miscellaneous Emblems, Recapitulation, and Conclusion
Appendix I. Coincidences between Shakespeare and Whitney Appendix II. Subjects, Mottoes, and Sources of the Emblem Imprese
Appendix III. References to Passages from Shakespeare, and to the corresponding Devices of the Emblems treated

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