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Shakespeare – Art is nature and nature art; that’s all ye need to know…

February 27, 2015

Perdita:                 For I have heard it said
There is an art which in their piedness shares
With great creating Nature.
Polyxenes:               Say there be;
Yet nature is made better by no mean
But Nature makes that mean: so, over that art,
Which you say adds to Nature, is an art
That Nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry
A gentler scion to the wildest stock,
And make conceive a bark of baser kind
By bud of nobler race: this is an art
Which does mend Nature, change it rather, but
The art itself is Nature.
Perdita:                     So it is.
Polyxenes: Then make you garden rich in gillivors,
And do not call them bastards.

(from The Winter’s Tale [1623], Act IV, Scene 3)

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