William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, 1631 - Act 4 begins with after dinner discussion

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Date:1631

Description:Shakespeare’s schoolteacher is parodied.

Much of the comedy in Love’s Labour’s Lost is centred on the school teacher and clergyman who are always quoting the Latin classics, and who argue together about the merits of early classical writers. It has been argued that Shakespeare is here parodying the schoolteachers he knew at Stratford’s grammar school in his youth.

See: Love’s Labour’s Lost, 5,1, 1-66.

Full title: William Shakespeare, Loves labours lost. A wittie and pleasant comedie. As it was acted at the Black-Friars and the Globe. Written by William Shakespeare. London, Printed by W. S[tansby] for John Smethwicke, 1631.


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