Mysticism and Myth — I: The Shakespeare Pattern

  • Paul Murray


‘The poet’, Eliot remarked once a propos of the work of Dante and Shakespeare, ‘has something to say which is not even necessarily implicit in the philosophical system, something which is also over and above the verbal beauty.’1 According to Eliot ‘the most extensive, and probably the most inscrutable’ pattern of this sort is to be found in the later plays of Shakespeare.


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    T. S. Eliot, ‘Introduction’, in G. Wilson Knight, The Wheel of Fire: Interpretations of Shakespearean Tragedy (London, 1978; first published 1930) p. xiii.Google Scholar
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© Paul Murray 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Murray
    • 1
  1. 1.Dominican Studium, Tallaght, and Angelicum UniversityRomeItaly

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