n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - ' ... the worst of models - though the most extraordinary of writers' : Shakespeare, the Romantics and Byron
|Article Title||' ... the worst of models - though the most extraordinary of writers' : Shakespeare, the Romantics and Byron|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||Shakespeare in Southern Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||61 - 67|
No history of Shakespearean criticism would be complete without a substantial reference to the writings of the Romantic period. Hazlitt and Coleridge, De Quincey and Lamb made important additions to the body of Shakespearean criticism, and they changed its focus in significant ways. The interest in Shakespeare also went beyond the more familiar tragedies and comedies. So, for example, in Walter Scott's Journal there are quotations from no fewer than twenty-eight Shakespeare plays, including Parts 2 and 3 of Henry VI, and Henry VIII. Scott observed : "When I want to express a sentiment which I feel strongly, I find the phrase in Shakespeare," adding, "The blockheads talk of my being like Shakespeare - [I am] not fit to tie his brogues" (252).
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