Friday, October 30, 2009

The Abundance of Shakespeare

Peter Saccio, the lecturer for the Teaching Company course Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, had a great closing line in today's lecture on The Merchant of Venice. He was talking about how the Bard transforms stock forms and familiar stories:

[Shakespeare] can fill the abstract patterns with something like the pulse of life itself. That is the abundance of Shakespeare.

It's just a little quote, but it said a lot to me.

1 comment:

Dominion Family said...

This is interesting to me also. I have been reading Corbett on Style and thinking about Shakespeare lately. I am trying to pull my thoughts into a post about style but they are watery.