By Steve Mentz
We desire a poetic historical past of the sea, and Shakespeare may help us locate one. there is extra actual salt within the performs than we would anticipate. Shakespeare's dramatic ocean spans the God-sea of the traditional global and the huge blue vistas that early glossy mariners navigated. all through his profession, from the outlet shipwrecks of The Comedy of blunders throughout the Tempest, Shakespeare's performs determine the sea as stunning actual fact and mind-twisting image of switch and instability. To fathom Shakespeare's ocean - to move right down to its backside - this book's chapters specialise in various things that people do with and in and close to the ocean: fathoming, protecting watch, swimming, beachcombing, fishing, and drowning. Mentz additionally units Shakespeare's sea-poetry opposed to glossy literary sea-scapes, together with the mammoth Pacific of Moby-Dick, the rocky coast of Charles Olson's Maximus Poems, and the lyrical waters of the postcolonial Caribbean. Uncovering the depths of Shakespeare's maritime global, this publication attracts out the centrality of the ocean in our literary culture.
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