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  • Sunday, August 28, 2005

    Shakespeare, the rebel?

    This piece from today's Observer is rather interesting, in that it takes a look at claims made that Shakespeare's works were filled with code:

    Asquith, the wife of a British diplomat who was posted to Moscow and Kiev during the Cold War, says that while she was living in the Soviet Union she began to understand how 'dissident meanings' worked in live theatre. Shakespeare, she claims, adopted some of the more general Catholic code terms that were current, such as the use of the words 'tempest' or 'storm' to signify England's troubles, but he also used new cyphers. Asquith argues, for example, that his obsession with the theme of romantic love was much more than a crowd pleaser.
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