Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things

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  • Author(s): Shoaf, R. Allen
  • Publication Information:
    Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2014
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    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things maps large, new vistas for understanding the relationship between De rerum natura and Shakespeare's works. In chapters on six important plays across the canon (King Lear, Macbeth, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream), it demonstrates that Shakespeare articulates his erotics of being, his “great creating nature” (The Winter's Tale), by drawing on imagery he learned from Ovid and other classical poets, but especially from Lucretius, in his powerful epic that celebrates Venus and her endless creativity. Responding to Lucretius's widely admired Latinity in his exposition of the life of man in nature, Shakespeare emerges as an early modern materialist who writes poetry that is effectively “atomic,” marked (as we might say today) by fission (hendiadys, for example) and fusion (synoeciosis, for example), joining and splitting, splitting and joining language and character as no other poet has ever done – To give away yourself keeps yourself still; My grave is like to be my wedding bed; I begin/To doubt the equivocation of the fiend/That lies like truth. Readers of Shoaf's book will encounter anew, through both fresh evidence and close reading, Shakespeare's universally acknowledged commitment to the art of nature and the nature of art. With Lucretius's poetry as inspiration, Shakespeare becomes the poet of the material, both in art and in nature, immensely creative with his dædala lingua like dædala natura – his wonder-crafting tongue like wonder-working nature.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9781443865319. 9781443869539.
    • Accession Number:
      893739667
    • Accession Number:
      871019
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    • ABNT:
      SHOAF, R. A. Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. ISBN 9781443865319. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=e020mna&AN=871019. Acesso em: 4 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Shoaf RA. Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=e020mna&AN=871019. Accessed August 4, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Shoaf RA. Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things. Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 2014. Accessed August 4, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=e020mna&AN=871019
    • APA:
      Shoaf, R. A. (2014). Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Shoaf, R. Allen. 2014. Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=e020mna&AN=871019.
    • Harvard:
      Shoaf, R. A. (2014) Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=e020mna&AN=871019 (Accessed: 4 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Shoaf, RA 2014, Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, viewed 4 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Shoaf, R.Allen. Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=e020mna&AN=871019.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Shoaf, R. Allen. Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=e020mna&AN=871019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Shoaf RA. Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things [Internet]. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 2014 [cited 2020 Aug 4]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&scope=site&db=e020mna&AN=871019