Shakespeare's Ovid: The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems

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A. B. Taylor, Anthony Brian Taylor
Cambridge University Press, Nov 30, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 219 pages
Ovid's epic poem, the Metamorphoses, and its great myths were a source of life-long inspiration to Shakespeare. This book provides a comprehensive examination of Shakespeare's use of the poem throughout his career: in early works such as Venus and Adonis and Titus Andronicus, works of the middle period such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night, and the late plays such as The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. Drawing on the expertise of leading international scholars, it also includes the first survey of twentieth century criticism and methodology in the field.

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Contents

the metamorphoses of Ovid
15
Ovid renascent in Venus and Adonis and Hero
31
Ovid rape
49
Venus and Adonis and Ovidian indecorous wit
81
Ovid Petrarch and Shakespeares Sonnets
96
Pyramus and Thisbe in Shakespeare and Ovid
113
reading Hamlet in
126
Ovid Golding and the rough magic of The Tempest
150
a critical
181
List of works cited
195
Index
216
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Dr A. B. Taylor, formerly Dean of Humanities at the Swansea Institute, has published widely on Shakespeare and the Elizabethans in leading journals. Now a full-time writer, his other works include poetry, short stories and radio plays.

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