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" But nature makes that mean: so, o'er that art, Which you say adds to nature, is an art That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the wildest stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race: this is an art... "
THE DRAMATIC WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE - Page 65
1850
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The Miscellaneous Works, Volume 1

William Hazlitt - English literature - 1854
...Which you say adds to nature, is an art, That nature makes ; yon see, sweet maid, we marry A gentle scion to the wildest stock, And make conceive a bark...nature, change it rather; but The art itself is nature. Perdita. — So it is. Polix. — Then make your garden rich in gilliuowers, And do not call them bastards....
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American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman

F. O. Matthiessen - Literary Criticism - 1968 - 720 pages
...nature, is an art That nature makes. You see. sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the wildest itock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler...nature, change it rather, but The art itself is nature. Years later Melville was to triple-score, in Arnold's essay on Spinoza, the philosopher's statement...
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Tragedy and After: Euripides, Shakespeare, Goethe

Ekbert Faas - Drama - 1986 - 223 pages
...self-realization of nature: Say there be; Yet Nature is made better by no mean But Nature makes that mean; so over art, Which you say adds to Nature, is an art, That...Nature, change it rather, but The art itself is Nature, (iv.iv) It is distorting the facts to say that these words voice no more than an "orthodox" aesthetic...
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Shakespeare & the Uses of Comedy

Joseph Allen Bryant - Literary Criticism - 1986 - 270 pages
...understand, an application of his argument that will support her marriage to his son as prince of the realm: You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the...— change it rather; but The art itself is Nature. [V,iv.92-97] In Polixenes' mind, of course, Perdita is the "bark of baser kind" destined to be made...
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Illusion and the Drama: Critical Theory of the Enlightenment and Romantic Era

Frederick Burwick - Literary Criticism - 2010
...complicated it. Schlegel refers to a passage from The Winter's Tale: Yet nature is made better by no mean, Which you say adds to nature, is an art That nature...nature, change it rather, but The art itself is nature. (IV.iv.89-97) Aware of his son's attraction to a shepherd's daughter, King Polixenes, in his botanical...
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Arthurian and Other Studies: Presented to Shunichi Noguchi

Shunʼichi Noguchi, Takashi Suzuki, Toshiyuki Takamiya, Tsuyoshi Mukai - Literary Collections - 1993 - 273 pages
...Tale, IV. iv. 89-92)4: . . . nature is made better by no mean, But nature makes that mean: so, over that art Which you say adds to nature, is an art That.... change it rather, but The art itself, is nature. Hamlet' s words should be taken as emphasising that 'Nature' makes 'an arf in drama. If Art itself...
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Beyond Preservation: Restoring and Inventing Landscapes

A. Dwight Baldwin, Judith De Luce, Carl Pletsch - Nature - 1994 - 280 pages
...FOLIXENES: Say there be; Yet Nature is made better by no mean Bnt Nature makes that mean; so, o'ver that art, Which you say adds to Nature, is an art...Nature, change it rather; but The art itself is Nature. (4.4.83-97) We find similar ideas in other great Renaissance aesthetic theorists — the architects...
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The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology

Cheryll Glotfelty, Harold Fromm - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 415 pages
...PERDITA . . . There is an art, which in their piedness shares With great creating Nature. POLIXENES Say there be; Yet Nature is made better by no mean...Nature, change it rather; but The art itself is Nature. As usual, Shakespeare says it all: the subtext here is that Perdita is a base shepherdess who wants...
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Walt Whitman: The Contemporary Reviews

Kenneth M. Price - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 356 pages
...Polixenes in A Winter's Tale:— "Nature is made better by no mean, But nature makes that mean; so, over that art, Which, you say, adds to nature, is an art...— change it rather: but The art itself is nature." Whitman has not failed to perceive this truth, but he fears that it may be abused. Meddling with nature...
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Shakespeare's Theory of Drama

Pauline Kiernan - Drama - 1998 - 232 pages
...Polixenes. Say there be; Yet nature is made better by no mean But nature makes that mean: so, over that art, Which you say adds to nature, is an art...- change it rather - but The art itself is nature. Perdita. So it is. Polixenes. Then make your garden rich in gillyvors, And do not call them bastards....
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