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" But besides these gross absurdities, how all their plays be neither right tragedies nor right comedies, mingling kings and clowns, not because the matter so carrieth it, but thrust in the clown by head and shoulders to play a part in majestical matters,... "
The history of English dramatic poetry to the time of Shakespeare: and ... - Page 425
by John Payne Collier - 1831
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The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy

Jennifer Wallace - Drama - 2007 - 243 pages
...Shakespeare's Tragic Sequence, p. 12. 51. Philip Sidney, A Defence of Poetry, ed. van Dorsten, p. 67: 'all their plays be neither right tragedies, nor right comedies, mingling kings and clowns ... so as neither the admiration and commiseration, nor the right sportfulness, is by their mongrel...
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Laughing and Weeping in Early Modern Theatres

Matthew Steggle - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 158 pages
...into playes by head & shoulders" is an admiring quotation of Sidney, Defence, 244: "their plays . . . thrust in the clown by head and shoulders to play a part in majestical matters". Of course, this clown isn'ta "real" professional theatre clown, in the sense that...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's History Plays

Warren Chernaik - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 210 pages
...mixed style, mingling kings and clowns. In 'The Defence of Poesy', Sir Philip Sidney argues that to 'thrust in the clown by head and shoulders to play a part in majestical matters' is indecorous, akin to mixing 'hornpipes and funerals'.1 Rejecting such notions...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies

Penny Gay - Literary Criticism - 2008
...also aesthetic criticism. Sir Philip Sidney's famous complaint in his Apology for Poetry is typical: all their plays be neither right tragedies, nor right...not because the matter so carrieth it, but thrust in clowns by head and shoulders, to play a part in majestical matters, with neither decency nor discretion,...
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