This paper is written to share some ideas and reflections in relation to William Shakespeare and his profound poetic works.
It is, nevertheless, important to remind ourselves that other cultures no doubt have their own William Shakespeare. For example, Voltaire for the French, Pushkin for the Russians, Goethe for the Germans (although each of these borrowed heavily from Shakespeare) and I am sure that the reader can offer others.
Finally I want to quote the words of William Shakespeare's friend and contemporary, Ben Jonson, who contributed a poem entitled “To The Memory of My Beloved, The Author, William Shakespeare”, introducing the first folio of 1623, which included much praise.
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A Study of William Shakespeare
Henry Ebel Editor of The History of Childhood Quarterly and Associate Professor of English at Richmond College, City University of New York.
200055335-370Parapraxes in the Plays of William ShakespeareEugene Mahon
Parapraxes in the psychopathology of everyday life are “mistakes” that reveal the workings of the unconscious.
The point being stressed, however, is that this aesthetic device invites the reader to ponder the meaning of Hermione's parapraxis and the subtlety of its creator, William Shakespeare.
In Act IV, Scene 3, of Othello, Desdemona has a lapse of memory.
In John Manningham's diary (British Museum, Harleian M55353, fol. 29) there is a description of a trick that William Shakespeare once played on Burbidge, the actor.
4Discussion: Parapraxes In The Plays of William Shakespeare
Harold Bloom makes the compelling argument that Shakespeare, more than any other writer, “invented the human.”
A Parapraxis in Hamlet: A Note on the Aesthetic Genius of William Shakespeare Psychoanal. Study Child 53:276-281