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Measure for Measure: Notes (1)

Genre

The best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical- historical-pastoral; scene individable [a play with a single location], or poem unlimited [a play with many imagined locations]. Seneca cannot be too heavy, nor Plautus too light. For the law of writ [following the "unities"] and the liberty [not following classical rules], these are the only men. (Hamlet 2.2.403-9)

Shakespeare's source, and the changes he made

Problem play as genre

Thematic approaches

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