topical allusions

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There are a few clear topical allusions in Shakespeare's plays ( see, e.g., ESSEX, EARL OF; MARLOWE, CHRISTOPHER; BOY ACTORS). Unexplained passages in some plays, especially Love's Labour's Lost, probably held topical significance for their first audiences, and many attempts have been made to show that Shakespeare bodied forth contemporary events, personalities, and issues under the guise of history or fiction (see e.g. LOPEZ, RODERIGO; JAMES I).

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