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Farmer does not notice this Also , in the Seventy - fifth :passage ; but had he done
so , he would , of course , have shown ... of any of the well - known the sense of
beauty , by the writers of Shakespeare's classical passages ; but a transfusion of
with that fine racy old poet , Chapman's “ Hymns to No alteration of the old copies
seems absolutely necesNight and to Cynthia , " which , though over - informed
sary . with learning , have many highly poetical passages ; among which the ...
Titania's exhortation to the fairies to wait this passage doubtless needed no
illustration . But modern heralds and commentators differ as to the alluCoventry ,
who played their iu Bottom is remarkable for a certain cloying sweetsion .
of phrase and harshness of rhythm , which seems to me to stamp many passages
as belonging to the epoch of MEASURE FOR MEASURE , or of LEAR . We miss ,
too , the gay and fanciful imagery which shows itself continually , alike amidst ...
So we now say , ' a passage of an in the next lin author ; ' and we said about a
century ago , the passages LEAR— “ the tric of a reign . ' When the Countess
mentions Helena's loss rived , as Collier of a father , she recollects her own loss
of a ...
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"like a wood woman" might indeed have meant "frantic" or "wild" (with grief) which Launce mentions referring to the "shoe" which he adopts for the sake of illustration. However, Shakespeare, even at his earliest writings, was vastly entertained by double entendres and his love of puns is so well documented. In that time in Italy, women wore platform shoes which were raised to elevate the shoes from the mud and other unpleasant "stuff". These were called "chopines" and the platforms were constructed of wood. The higher the platform, the higher the pretentiousness of the lady. Her height could have put her above many others. Since Launce has his father and mother represented as shoes, this second meaning is certainly not outside of the possibility for Shakespeare's intention. Naturally, it would have had the effect of a rather "localized" and "temporary" idea, but the fact of its having been very popular in that day makes it a candidate for the Bard's delight.