[lit-ideas] Re: "Patience on a Monument"

  • From: Eric Yost <NYCEric@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 01:26:46 -0400

I think it brings us no nearer to
understanding what Shakespeare's audience understood by "Sitting like
Patience on a Monument."

Couldn't they merely have relished the redundancy of Patience 
--personified virtue--rendered even more patient by being set in stone.

As in this section from Herbert:

        Mark you the floore? that square & speckled stone,
Which looks so firm and strong,
Is Patience:

-George Herbert "The Church-Floor"

Fidgety as Restlessness on a Rollercoaster,

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