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By Steve Mentz

We want a poetic heritage of the sea, and Shakespeare may also help us locate one. there is extra genuine salt within the performs than we'd count on. Shakespeare's dramatic ocean spans the God-sea of the traditional international and the gigantic blue vistas that early sleek mariners navigated. all through his occupation, from the hole shipwrecks of The Comedy of blunders in the course of the Tempest, Shakespeare's performs determine the sea as surprising actual fact and mind-twisting image of switch and instability. To fathom Shakespeare's ocean - to move all the way down to its backside - this book's chapters concentrate on various things that people do with and in and close to the ocean: fathoming, preserving 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 international, this booklet attracts out the centrality of the ocean in our literary culture.

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