This critical work on Shakespeare attempts to show his complete works – dramatic and poetic – as a single, tightly-integrated, evolving organism. Identifying Shakespeare’s use in the poems “Venus and Adonis” and “The Rape of Lucrece”, of the two most significant religious myths of the archaic world, Hughes argues that these myths later provided Shakespeare with templates for the construction of every play from “All’s Well that Ends Well” to “The Tempest”. He also argues that this development, in turn, represented his poetic exploration of conflicts within the “living myth” of the English Reformation. The claim is a large one, but Hughes supports his thesis with a painstakingly close analysis of language, plots and characters.
Hardback with dust jacket showing some discoloration to the top edges of pages – otherwise in good condition