Shakespeare and the Anagram

Christopher Ricks

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780197263037
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734007 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Shakespeare and the Anagram

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This lecture attempts to make a good claim on behalf of anagrams as capable of being a true assistance to art. This claim asks what the lecture proffers to be something of an anthology. It recollects that a particular period, the Shakespearian moment, is the heyday of the anagram, especially in its religious intimations. The lecture also tries to illustrate from Shakespeare's Sonnets the secular felicities to which the anagrammatic may variously give rise.

Keywords: anagrams; art; anthology; Shakespearian moment; religious intimations; Shakespeare's Sonnets; secular felicities

Chapter.  14370 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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