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Shakespeare and Classical TragedyThe Influence of Seneca$
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Robert S. Miola

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112648

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112648.001.0001

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Light Seneca

Light Seneca

(p.175) 5 Light Seneca
Shakespeare and Classical Tragedy

Robert S. Miola

Oxford University Press

While utilizing heavy Seneca and analysing how this provides models that emphasize Shakespeare's works on furor, tyranny, revenge, rhetoric, and other such themes, its use is not exclusive to this sole genre. Such can also be applied to comedies such as A Midsummer Night's Dream wherein parodies and tragicomic movement are highlighted. Making use of ‘light Seneca’ is more appropriate in the contexts of comedies or in the hybrid genre referred to as tragicomedy. As we observe that Guarini's works like Il pastor fido may have influenced Shakespeare's writings, we examine how the works of both are grounded on the common origins of Seneca through the citation of excerpts from some of the famous works that have used this style of light Seneca.

Keywords:   comedies, A Midsummer Night's dream, parody, tragicomic movement, tragicomedy, light Seneca, Il pastor fido

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