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1 Lecture 37 Horticulture and Literature: Shakespeare Shakespeare, the greatest writer in English—if not the greatest in any tongue, is also a rich source of horticultural information of the Elizabethan period (1533–1603). The renaissance came late to England but it fl owered with a brilliance that still interests humanists and scientists alike. Shakespeare writes about the human condition in a way that still, despite changes in the language, comes across fresh and pungent. In fact, many of Shakespeare’s horticultural expressions have become cliches. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Hamlet 1.04.90 There’s small choice in rotten apples. Taming of the Shrew 1.01.135 Shakespeare uses the world of imagery-simile, metaphor, analogy to paint his verbal pictures. It is through an analysis of this imagery that Caroline Spurgeon (1931) has found one key to understand Shake- speare the man. The bulk of Shakespeare’s imagery is drawn from everyday things, seen and unseen. There are some
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