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The Dumb Show: A Collection of Poetry and Prose

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Title: The Dumb Show: A Collection of Poetry and Prose
Authors: Kendrick, Alexander
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: Hamlet's attack upon the players, and indeed upon all artists, has rung in my ears for the entire writing of this project. My greatest fear has been to be accused of being a "periwigpated fellow" that rants and raves across the page. I wanted to write cleanly and with balance. I wanted to write stories that someone would read again, just for the enjoyment of them, not because they were required to. The title, The Dumb Show, serves a purpose beyond the obvious pun. The dumb show was what finally cracked Claudius and gave Hamlet the impetus to begin the murder of the king. But the dumb show was only an exaggerated pantomime of the play, a mental crutch to help the groundlings along so they would not become confused as the plot unfolded. The poetry sections of this paper have acted as a dumb show for me. They came first; raw, slippery, explosive and clear. The poems were a seed for the prose, a nugget of emotion and understanding that grew into the stories. The poetry also served as a guide and ruler against which I could measure the stories as I wrote. The poem is the heart of the story.
Pages/Duration: 46 pages
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