William Shakespeare | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Frank Kermode

This literature criticism consists of approximately 14 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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Critical Essay by Frank Kermode

SOURCE: Kermode, Frank. “Shakespeare's Silences.” In Surprised by Scenes: Essays in Honor of Professor Yasunari Takahashi, edited by Yasunari Takada, pp. 16-26. Tokyo: Kenkyusha, 1994.

In the following essay, Kermode evaluates the conjunction of speech and silence in Shakespeare's plays, with special reference to the way in which speechlessness can be a form of eloquence.

It does not do to neglect Shakespeare's access to proverbial wisdom, or to forget that it sometimes merges with his rhetorical resources. And there is an immense amount of proverbial lore concerning silence. It gives consent. It never did man harm. It is prudent and useful: nihil silentio utilius. According to the most consulted of all rhetorical treatises, the Ad Herennium (III. xii. 21), until about 1500 erroneously attributed to Cicero, it is better to be silent than to speak on any...

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