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Shakespeare's Verbal Art


Ryan Murtha
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Hi all,

Generally I stay away from the cipher stuff, but if you are interested in this line you should check out William Bellamy's 2015 book Shakespeare's Verbal Art, if you can find a copy that is not prohibitively expensive. Bellamy has uncovered a whole new layer of the Shakespeare text, consisting of anagrams and wordplay that were features of classical literature but are unknown to today's readers. Bellamy stays away from anything that might point to Bacon, but I'm sure there is much to be found. From the description on Amazon: 

Shakespeare's Verbal Art is a profoundly important study examining the newly re-discovered anagrams that lie hidden below the surface of all Shakespearean texts, and explains the essential role played by these concealed figures in Classical and Renaissance poetry. It approaches this subject through the close analysis of a wide range of examples, demonstrating the revelatory function of anagram, and exploring Shakespeare's use of the device to clarify meaning and intention. The focus is first on Shake-speares Sonnets of 1609, and secondly on Othello, Hamlet, and Twelfth Night, all of which are found to be composed around the concealed anagrams that render these works self-interpreting. As such, a new kind of language use is revealed, in which pre-Enlightenment text is envisaged as existing in two distinct dimensions-the overt and the covert-both of which must be read if any particular poem or play is to be fully understood. In effect, a wholly new set of Shakespearean texts is made available to the reader, who will find Shakespeare's Verbal Art an essential guide to the new discoveries. The book will also be indispensable in the fields of linguistics, poetics, rhetoric, literary history, Classical Latin and Renaissance literature, and in relation to pre-Enlightenment text in general, and will interest any language-lover.

 

 

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