Bookcover of Yorick
Booktitle:

Yorick

Betascript Publishing (2010-08-04 )

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ISBN-13:

978-613-2-16875-7

ISBN-10:
6132168753
EAN:
9786132168757
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Yorick was the deceased court jester whose skull is exhumed by the gravedigger in Act 5, Scene 1, of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The opening words are very commonly misquoted as "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well." It has often been suggested that Shakespeare intended his audience to connect Yorick with the Elizabethan comedian Richard Tarlton, a star performer of the pre-Shakespearian stage, who had been dead for around the same time as Yorick in the play. The contrast between Yorick as "a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy" and his grim remains is a variation on the theme of earthly vanity (cf Vanitas): death being unavoidable, the things of this life are inconsequential. This theme of Memento mori ('Remember you shall die') is common in 16th and 17th century painting, appearing in art throughout Europe. Images of Mary Magdalene regularly showed her contemplating a skull. It is also a very common motif in 15th and 16th century British portraiture.
Publishing house:
Betascript Publishing
Website:
https://www.betascript-publishing.com/
Edited by:
Lambert M. Surhone, Miriam T. Timpledon, Susan F. Marseken
Number of pages:
104
Published on:
2010-08-04
Stock:
Available
Category:
Language and literature science
Price:
39.00 €
Keywords:
Jester, Human Skull, Gravedigger, Hamlet, Prince Hamlet

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