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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263037

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263037.001.0001

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Shakespeare and the Anagram

Shakespeare and the Anagram

Shakespeare Lecture

(p.110) (p.111) Shakespeare and the Anagram
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures

Christopher Ricks

British Academy

This lecture attempts to make a good claim on behalf of anagrams as capable of being a true assistance to art. This claim asks what the lecture proffers to be something of an anthology. It recollects that a particular period, the Shakespearian moment, is the heyday of the anagram, especially in its religious intimations. The lecture also tries to illustrate from Shakespeare's Sonnets the secular felicities to which the anagrammatic may variously give rise.

Keywords:   anagrams, art, anthology, Shakespearian moment, religious intimations, Shakespeare's Sonnets, secular felicities

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