In the third title Vyvyan writes ‘If a clearly conceived philosophy is implicit, then it is by allegory and parable that it is expressed.’ The recognition of this he considers ‘immensely enhances our enjoyment of the plays and gives them a new dimension and richness.’ He shows how Renaissance ideas of Beauty are evident in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, All’s Well that Ends Well and Troilus and Cressida.
‘Original and stimulating... Mr Vyvyan’s thesis is important and
serious: serious in the sense that his reading of the plays and his supporting
reading into Shakespeare’s climate of ideas is deep, connected and wide.’
Times Literary Supplement
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