Broken English: Dialects and the Politics of Language in Renaissance Writings
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As a result, it is tempting to see this particular poem as calling attention to the physical way his readers might be interacting with the text. If the material-textual form of this poem has encouraged readers to experience its thematic concerns in a physical as well as intellectual sense, the act of necessary page-turning might be seen to replicate the meaning of the acrostic. Positioning the poem at the outset of a new section and ostentatiously shaping one version calls attention to the poem as a crucial moment in a thematic and narrative sense.
The complex mise-en-page of text and paratext throughout the volume also suggests a sensitivity to the inflections material presentation might bring to the interpretive process. The individual page here becomes a vehicle for physically replicating the thematic content of the poem, and using the material process of page-turning to engage the reader in a deeper involvement with the text that is quite beyond the abilities of language alone.
A number of examples can be found in the work of Edmund Spenser, who like Watson was intensely interested in the material form of his poetry, and the resulting interaction with its content. The way in which the glosses in particular playfully toy with the reader have allowed for some excellent scholarship on the ways that Spenser used both text and paratext to multiply interpretative possibilities to readers McCabe Annotated texts frequently tended to have their glosses on the same page as the text, for obvious reasons of clarity for the reader.
Though this reading is instantly derided, one can nonetheless imagine readers immediately returning to the stanza in question to reread what had provoked such a heated response from the annotator. George slaying the dragon immediately facing the proem to Book II. This has led Paul J. Voss to make a strong case for its associations with Henri I of Navarre, who later appears in Book VI in allegorical guise. To explore this, it will be useful to consider the mechanics of page turning, and the surprising aspect of this image upon turning the last page of Book I.
After leaving these characters behind, however, and turning the page, the reader is once again confronted by an image of Redcrosse, and in that context this image is more provocative than might be suspected. He is then the instigator of the first narrative action in Book II, indeed he is the very first character named by its first Canto. While Archimago continues to shift shape and attempt to mislead the heroes of the epic, the woodcut offers St.
As a result, the woodcut also speaks to the firmness of the English Protestant identity in comparison to the mutable Catholicism symbolised by Archimago. Though a subtle moment in a lacunae between the opening two books, the woodcut nonetheless provides a final series of meanings for Book I as well as bridging the narrative and thematic gulf before Book II. The reappearance of the image in , this time published by Richard Field, suggests that an effort was made to retain the image and its place in the poem, and that it holds more importance to the text than has typically been assumed.
Herbert has long been recognised as a formally ingenious poet, and one for whom form has a deep and intrinsic connection with the content of the poem itself and the broader themes of the collection e. Guernsey ; Sanchez If we consider the two ways the poem was presented, vertically in manuscript, horizontally in print, we can see the interpretive effect of page-turning working in slightly different ways.
In the vertical version, the two stanzas act as a single set of wings, beating as the page opens and closes.http://tornado.burnsforce.com/libera-pdfs-de-textbooks.php
Broken English: Dialects and the Politics of Language in Renaissance Writings
Figure four: George Herbert, The Temple , sigs. The more familiar version, however, is the horizontal printing present from the first published editions of Herbert in Here we have what are traditionally thought of as two sets of wings — and in this case we can see a slightly different relationship when the pages are closed. When printed horizontally, we might see the reader turning the page as fulfilling exactly what has been requested — bringing the two sets of wings into contact with one another. At the close of the Altar, the speaker begs.
The block capitals here are doing obvious work in connecting the two poems, and preparing us for the transition from one poem to another. Figure five: The Temple , sig. In the narrative of the poem, we follow Christ from his prayers in the garden of Gethsemane to his eventual death on the cross. As soon as one turns the page, however, and begins reading the eighth stanza, the role of the believer transforms into something far less hopeful: Yet my Disciples sleep; I cannot gain One houre of watching; but their drowsie brain Comforts not me, and doth my doctrine stain: Was ever grief like mine?
After turning the page, however, we are immediately confronted by human fallibility, and launched into an itinerary of suffering. In many respects, the turn of a single page moves the reader from the benevolent act of placing the sacrifice on the altar to suddenly realising the horror and intensity of what that might entail. If Herbert has long been appreciated as a poet of exceptional formal ingenuity, there may be ways of seeing that ingenuity at play in the physical as well as the poetic forms that his poems took. The methodology explored here can be extended to a much larger body of texts; in an abstract sense, of course, every text has some relationship with the pages on which it was written or printed, as well as what preceded and follows it.
In the hands of poets who experimented formally and materially with their texts, and seemed engaged by the possibilities of print as a medium, we can see certain provocative readings emerging once we adjust our interpretive expectations to include the act of page turning. As such, authorial intention becomes difficult to judge in many cases. Despite this, the process of page turning was necessarily part of the reading experience, and in this sense this project connects with a recent interest in the physical senses and their relationship to literature e.
Moshenska ; Karin-Cooper Whether authorial or editorial, whether decisions in the print shop, or purely serendipitous, each act of page turning provides the grounds for close reading and produces questions about the ways that early modern readers may have understood these material dynamics. Works of this period frequently direct the reader to other sources, whether classical, biblical, or contemporary, and for certain texts the act of turning the pages of other books would have been part of the reading process.
One text may provoke or encourage the turning of other pages, and we need to be alert to the material dimension of intertextuality in this sense. This is not to criticise either the publication or its editor: scholarly editions are necessarily shaped by institutional convention, technological limitations, and market demands. I need not to be ashamed of your majesty, praised be God, so long as your majesty is an honest man. Looking back through its manifestations through time we discover that the role of the Fool is profound: one of intelligence, wit and diversity, conscience and social morality.
I am qualmish at the smell of leek. I peseech you heartily, scurvy, lousy knave, at my desires and my requests and my petitions, to eat, look you, this leek. Because, look you, you do not love it, nor your affections and your appetites, and your digestions does not agree with it, I would desire you to eat it. But why wear you your leek today? View all notes According to Victor Turner in The Ritual Process , luminal personae distinguished by signs that mark their lack of status, rank and property often display symbolic or sacred power.
Their actions or speech are replete with sacred instruction. However, Warwick and Gloucester, ordered by the king, follow Fluellen at his heels and prevent further harm between the two 4. The fool then asks the king to grant him a last wish: he wants to be allowed to choose the tree on which to be hanged. His wish is granted. The fool, understandably, does not succeed in finding a suitable tree and at long last is set free.
The above analogies in King Henry V with some characteristics belonging to the domain of the fool, are of course very interesting. For sheer original invention Shakespeare never made a better character. Had the rest of the play backed him up, he would as his creator probably meant him to do [my italics] have filled the place of Fallstaff not unworthy. Anthony Julius in T.
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View all notes Shakespeare may have been inspired indeed. Therefore, on a deeper level, through the use of dialects and foreign languages, thus complying with the genre of dialect theatre, Shakespeare accentuated in a way power relationships. No potential conflict of interest was reported by the author.
All the quotations regarding King Henry V in this article are taken from this edition. Note that I deviated from the original text in the case of the Welsh captain Llewellyn for whom I used the name of Fluellen instead. Skip to Main Content. Search in: This Journal Anywhere. Advanced search. Journal English Studies Volume , - Issue 7. Submit an article Journal homepage.
Pages Received 31 Jan Besides the likelihood that Shakespeare actually saw the performances of such players in London or Paris, there is the virtual inevitability of contact between English and Italian actors, in England or abroad, over a period of several decades. Never until the late nineteenth century subjected to a strong centralizing government as were Renaissance England, France, and Spain , Italy remained particularly open to cultural, linguistic, and theatrical diversity.
Chapter 5 - Arts of Rhetoric: Antique and Modern
When the first Italian literary dramas, based on Latin models, were created, their public was a limited, courtly, educated one, and the artificiality of literary Tuscan was rarely seen as a problem; indeed it was regarded as a mark of elegance and refinement […] Leading tragic writers might disagree about whether Greek or Roman tragedy provided a better model […] but they were united in the conviction that this genre demanded an elevated poetic style.
The French lesson in Henry V is in structure somewhat unlike the farce scenes, but the striking use of the same French word to conclude the scene in Shakespeare and in all three of the farces which I have examined here cannot be easily explained away. Enna Martina. Published online: 19 June CSV Display Table. Humorous peace-making among the captains thus seems not only an obvious need to continue as an unified army in battle, but is also an attempt to extricate from angry dissension the tolerant impetuses in a dialogue seeking mutual understanding.
It is in such context that Latinate neologisms are exploited by Shakespeare. It would be unfair, however, not to mention the redeeming brilliance of Fluellen. Disclosure statement No potential conflict of interest was reported by the author. Mi star pone compaghne, io [ja]! Me be a good companion, ja! Mi star pone tatauche, io!
Me be a good German, ja! Mi mazzare pone calin Me kill good chickens E 'l fie del vacche, io! And good cows, too, ja! That is in the cellars. Brindes, brindes, io io io!