His poem of VENUS AND ADONIS , first printed in 1592 , he himself has ( in his
dedication ) designated as " the first heir of his invention , " and may probably
have been written before he removed to London , —and before , or not long after
Upon the whole , the Two GENTLEMEN OF VERONA , whatever rank of merit
may be assigned to it by critics will always be read and studied with deeper
interest than it can probably excite as a mere literary perforinance , because it
exhibits to ...
These are most probably the Milan caps or bonnets of which we hear so much in
wardrobe accounts , and other records of the time . They were sometimes
slashed and puffed round the edges , and adorned with ' points ' or ' aglets , ' i . e .
That which is left of the palmer - worm hath the grassto which the older editors
supposed it to refer . It is hopper eaten , and the residue of the grasshopper hath
more probably derived from an old custom of rustic the canker - worm eaten , and
Either had sleeves or not , seems ihat the expression was in general use then ,
as the wearer fancied ; for by the inventories and wardthough probably derived
from that ancient show . robe accounts of the time , we find that the sleeves were
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"like a wood woman" might indeed have meant "frantic" or "wild" (with grief) which Launce mentions referring to the "shoe" which he adopts for the sake of illustration. However, Shakespeare, even at his earliest writings, was vastly entertained by double entendres and his love of puns is so well documented. In that time in Italy, women wore platform shoes which were raised to elevate the shoes from the mud and other unpleasant "stuff". These were called "chopines" and the platforms were constructed of wood. The higher the platform, the higher the pretentiousness of the lady. Her height could have put her above many others. Since Launce has his father and mother represented as shoes, this second meaning is certainly not outside of the possibility for Shakespeare's intention. Naturally, it would have had the effect of a rather "localized" and "temporary" idea, but the fact of its having been very popular in that day makes it a candidate for the Bard's delight.