William Shakespeare | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Thomas W. Ross

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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Critical Essay by Thomas W. Ross

SOURCE: Ross, Thomas W. “‘The Safety of a Pure Blush’: Shakespeare's Bawdy Clusters.” Shakespeare Studies 12 (1979): 267-80.

In the following essay, Ross studies the dual effect of certain word groups, or “bawdy clusters”—words that take on indecent meanings when they occur in clustered references.

CELIA:
But love no man in good earnest, nor no further in sport neither, than with the safety of a pure blush thou mayst in honor come off again. 

(AYL [As You Like It], I.ii.27-29)

There is no question that the most important twentieth-century innovation in Shakespeare scholarship is textual criticism. But a close second is the rediscovery of his multiple meanings, including his bawdy innuendo. Eric Partridge was the great pioneer, despite his occasional unscholarly exuberance. In E. A. M. Colman&#x...

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