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Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Shakespeare On Muslim Lands And Peoples

"Perjur'd, Murderous, Bloody, Full Of Blame, Savage, Extreme, Rude, Cruel, Not To Trust"

Need he have said more?

Need we?

Posted on 01/16/2013 10:25 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
16 Jan 2013
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 I'snt that a warning against lust and lists the consequences of giving in to lustfulness ?

16 Jan 2013
Hugh Fitzgerald

Yes, of course it is. It's one of the best-known lines from Sonnet 129 ("Th'expense of spirit in a waste of shame"), a sonnet analyzed to death by Roman Jakobson and Lawrence Jones in one of those light-blue  productions from Mouton, 's Gravenhage, "Shakespeare's Verbal Art in 'Th'expence of spirit'" --which light-blue pamphlet  I can't find now on any shelf but I vividly remember the manic ingenuity of Jakobson -- whom I knew, and once had as a neighbor -- and Jones in squeezing that sonnet dry, with that poetry of grammar, grammar of poetry. 

I took the liberty -- call it the Liberty of the Clink -- of taking that line, and applying it -- so fitting is every single one of the adjectives -- to Muslims.

I was not misapplying the line. I was re-applying it. Shakespeare has assured me, in so many different ways, that he's on our side and has no objection. .

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