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Thread #157878 Message #4033282
Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
09-Feb-20 - 06:17 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Well, we will have such a prologue; and it shall be written in eight and six.
No, make it two more; let it be written in eight and eight.
I don't know where I read the idea, but the above representation of a couple of 'peasants' seems to me to potentially contradict Sharp's view of the unlettered folksong creator, with no means of discussing his art, though to be fair they are discussing a prologue not a ballad and Shakespeare is making fun of them. And to be fair this is perhaps not quite as early as Sharp imagines folk songs go back? Not sure about this. But look at the metre they choose.
The focus on meter interested me because it links words and tunes. The one fits the other (and if it doesn't, Sharp will alter it to make published versions more usable).
It was published in 1600. Many ideas in the play the extract is from came from Ovid's Metamorphoses, which had been translated into English. But a host of other sources are involved. This shows one way that relatively themes from 'classics' got disseminated in those times. Because if you could afford a penny to get in, you could go to the theatre in Shakespeare's time, and lots of people did.
If you have not seen this before it might interest you.