The Refusal to Paint: Shakespeare's Poetry of Place


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Much of the interest in "place" or locality in discussions of Shakespeare's plays has centered on Elizabethan staging and how place references are to be interpreted.1 When he refers to a prison or a tavern, for example, how were these shown on the open stage? But there is another aspect of these allusions to place, and that has to do solely with Shakespeare's poetic mimesis: what does he wish us to see and how does he make us see it? I am therefore going to disregard the requirements of staging and will pay attention, instead, to his use of language to evoke place.

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