'Like a Comet I Was Wonder'd at': Shakespeare y las supernovas ('Like a Comet I Was Wonder'd at': Shakespeare and Supernovas)

6 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2015 Last revised: 20 May 2017

Date Written: April 27, 2012

Abstract

Spanish abstract: Una búsqueda en concordancias de las obras de Shakespeare referida a terminología sobre fenómenos astronómicos excepcionales no proporciona pruebas concluyentes de que reaccionase de manera específica a las dos supernovas visibles durante su vida, aunque sí hay diversas alusiones a cometas y meteoritos, normalmente tomados como símbolos de la excepcionalidad en asuntos humanos. Al menos una de estas referencias puede tener un sentido autobiográfico, con Shakespeare presentándose como la 'estrella de los poetas' a la que aludiría más adelante Ben Jonson

English abstract: A concordance search of Shakespeare's works for exceptional astronomical phenomena does not yield any evidence of his reacting specifically to the two supernovas visible during his lifetime, although there are a number of allusions to comets and meteors, usually taken as symbols of the exceptional in human affairs. At least one of these references may have an autobiographical import, with Shakespeare reflecting on himself as the 'star of poets' Ben Jonson would later allude to.

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, 'Like a Comet I Was Wonder'd at': Shakespeare y las supernovas ('Like a Comet I Was Wonder'd at': Shakespeare and Supernovas) (April 27, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2696750

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.garcialanda.net

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