Twelfth Night | Critical Essay by Geoffrey H. Hartman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Twelfth Night.
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Critical Essay by Geoffrey H. Hartman

SOURCE: Hartman, Geoffrey H. “Shakespeare's Poetical Character in Twelfth Night.” In Shakespeare and the Question of Theory, edited by Patricia Parker and Geoffrey Hartman, pp. 37-53. New York: Methuen, 1985.

In the following essay, Hartman examines Shakespeare's use of poetic language, punning, and wordplay in Twelfth Night.

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Writing about Shakespeare promotes a sympathy with extremes. One such extreme is the impressionism of a critic like A. C. Bradley, when he tries to hold together, synoptically, Feste the fool and Shakespeare himself, both as actor and magical author. Bradley notes that the Fool in Lear has a song not dissimilar to the one that concludes Twelfth Night1 and leaves Feste at the finish-line. “But that's all one, our play is done …” After everything has been sorted out, and the proper pairings...

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