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Shakespeare's Parted Eye

Perception, Knowledge and Meaning in the Sonnets and Plays


Robert B Schwartz

Shakespeare's plays share with his sonnets a fundamental interest in the relation between perceiving, knowing and thinking, and between thinking and acting. By considering the relationship between perception as a theme and as a process of the thinking mind and various treatments of plot, structure and characterization, this book underscores the continuity of Shakespeare's sonnets as well as the relation between his sonnets and plays. Recognizing Shakespeare's use of the «parted eye» helps to reveal what Shakespeare thought about thought, how he understood understanding, and how he would have us understand it.
Contents: Chapters on Shakespeare's sonnets, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, King Lear. For the teacher and the student in the classroom this book offers an overview of an approach to Shakespeare's sonnets and five of his most frequently studied plays.