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Shakespeare and Ovid$
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Jonathan Bate

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183242.001.0001

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From Myth to Drama

From Myth to Drama

(p.215) 6 From Myth to Drama
Shakespeare and Ovid

Jonathan Bate

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the success of William Shakespeare in rewriting drama based on Ovid's Metamorphoses. It suggests that Shakespeare has refined his skills in the writing of narrative and his mastery of wit in his early anatomy of sexuality. These skills allowed Shakespeare to make drama and mature pays out of Ovid's mythic and metamorphic writings. Examples of these are Cymbeline and Titus Andronicus.

Keywords:   William Shakespeare, Metamorphoses, Ovid, Shakespearean drama, Cymbeline, Titus Andronicus

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