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" From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty : As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint : Our natures do pursue, (Like rats that ravin down their proper bane,) A thirsty evil ; and when we drink, we die. "
Measure for measure. Comedy of errors - Page 15
by William Shakespeare - 1788
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Reclamations of Shakespeare

A. J. Hoenselaars, Ton Hoenselaars - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 317 pages
...what are we to do with Claudio's explanation to Lucio of the reasons for his arrest? Liberty, he says, as surfeit, is the father of much fast; so every scope by the immoderate use turns to restraint. So far we can follow him. We are familiar with this notion of abuse of liberty, but then comes: Our...
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Inwardness and Theater in the English Renaissance

Katharine Eisaman Maus - Performing Arts - 1995 - 222 pages
...social order. Even Claudio, the would-be bridegroom, speaks the language of destructive compulsion: As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope...immoderate use Turns to restraint. Our natures do pursue, that Shakespeare wished to influence James's policy toward sex offenders, see Donald McGin, "'The Precise...
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Shakespeare, the King's Playwright: Theater in the Stuart Court, 1603-1613

Alvin B. Kernan - Drama - 1997 - 230 pages
...but Calvinist that he was, he must have been struck by the play's startling image of original sin: Our natures do pursue Like rats that ravin down their...proper bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die. (1.2.128) Shakespeare's view of human nature is, however, broader than Calvinist theology. It is not...
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Inwardness and Theater in the English Renaissance

Katharine Eisaman Maus - Performing Arts - 1995 - 222 pages
...the Hothouses: Shakespeare's Advice to the King," tournai of Popular Culture 20 (1986): 81-88. [158] Like rats that ravin down their proper bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die. (1.2.126-30) It is difficult to imagine Lysander or Orlando censuring his own passion so savagely....
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Shakespeare Studies, Volume 23

J. Leeds Barroll - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 294 pages
...evils" for economic and for procreative reasons.11 Claudio says about "too much liberty," that men must "ravin down their proper bane, / A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die" (1.2.125, 129-30): Swetnam implies that any contact at all with women automatically becomes "too much...
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 1996 - 865 pages
...hero, in this environment his behavior is already tainted, especially when he describes his crime: From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: As surfeit...proper bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die. (I, ii, 125-130) Such language, describing a lack of sexual restraint, does not befit a hero. Nor does...
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The Sonnets

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 297 pages
...prey, / And glutton-like she feeds, yet never filleth'). Kerrigan appositely compares MM 1.2.128-30: 'Our natures do pursue, / Like rats that ravin down...bane, / A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die.' Compare also Ovid, Amores tt, iv, 5-6 (as translated by Marlowe): 'I loathe, yel after that I loathe,...
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Drama and Theatre in Education: Contemporary Research

John Somers - Drama in education - 1996 - 313 pages
...distorted by attitudinal poison which they willingly drank — to quote Shakespeare (Measure for Measure] "Our natures do pursue, like rats that ravin down...proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink we die". Many of these questions are, of course, vividly relevant today. But the essential point is that the...
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On Measure for Measure: An Essay in Criticism of Shakespeare's Drama

Lawrence J. Ross - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 182 pages
...themselves lead us thirstily to pursue. Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio? Whence comes this restraint? Cla. From too much liberty, my Lucio. Liberty, As surfeit,...proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die. (116-22) LC Knights saw a confusion in the likeness between the twostepped process of arsenical rat...
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The Adventures of a Shakespeare Scholar: To Discover Shakespeare's Art

Marvin Rosenberg - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 365 pages
...Measure itself provides a more encompassing text, that mingles the dark and the light of the play. As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope...proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink we die. Every scope. Too much of anything — authority, anarchy, lust, repression, reason, passion — and...
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