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Hamlet North by Northwest

“I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.” Hamlet, 2.2. I am only mad north-by-north-west: when then wind is southerly, I know the difference between a hawk and a handsaw. How to work out what these lines mean? This is how I did it… Theory 1: […]

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Shakespeare by Richard Westall

Hamlet’s Dead Dog: What does it all mean?

“For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being a good kissing carrion – Have you a daughter?” Hamlet, 2.2. This is a famously bizarre line from Hamlet. As Hamlet paces the castle, Polonius dogs him and the prince runs rings around him with apparently insane discourse. When I was producing my modernised […]

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