Is "Hamlet" About Astronomy?

‘I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space . . . ‘ On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, I thought this a good time to dredge up a 1997 paper about the astronomy/physics metaphors in Hamlet. From 1997: ABSTRACT A New Reading of Shakespeare’s Hamlet I argue that Hamlet is an allegory for the competition between the cosmological models of Thomas Digges (1546-1595) of England and Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) of Denmark. Through his acquaintance with Digges, Shakespeare would have known of the essence of the revolutionary model of Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) of Poland, and of Digges’ extension of it. Shakespeare knew of Brahe, and named Rosencrantz and Guildenstern for his forebears. I suggest that Claudius is...

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Apr 23rd 2016
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