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" 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. "
The Plays of Shakspeare - Page 97
by William Shakespeare - 1897
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Shakespeare's Theory of Drama

Pauline Kiernan - Drama - 1998 - 218 pages
...Polixenes. 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...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....
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Shakespeare from the Margins: Language, Culture, Context

Patricia A. Parker, Patricia Parker, Professor Patricia Parker - Drama - 1996 - 392 pages
...an opening and incorporation that links it with the famous images of grafting from The Winter's Tale ("we marry / A gentler scion to the wildest stock,...And make conceive a bark of baser kind / By bud of nobler race," IV.iv.92-95). Despite his best efforts to prevent it, Bertram's noble family expands...
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Northrop Frye's Student Essays, 1932-1938, Volume 3

Northrop Frye, Professor Robert D Denham - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 557 pages
...the NFF, 1991, box 37,file 9. 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...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....
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Shakespeare's Monarchies: Ruler and Subject in the Romances

Constance Jordan - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 224 pages
...has implied that hybrids should be fostered because they result in "conceptions" that are desirable: we marry A gentler scion to the wildest stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race. (92-95) But he acts as if the opposite were true. When Florizel proposes to "contract"...
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Shakespeare's Twenty-First Century Economics: The Morality of Love and Money

Frederick Turner - Business & Economics - 1999 - 232 pages
...ancestry. POLIXENES: 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...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....
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The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America

Leo Marx - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 414 pages
...POLIXENES. 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...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....
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Shakespeare Survey: Volume 53, Shakespeare and Narrative: An Annual Survey ...

Peter Holland - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 357 pages
...Perdita in Tl1e Winter's Tale. In the famous set piece Perdita argues for nature; Polixenes for nurture: You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the...stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race. 4.4.92-5 Yet such creations are shunned by Perdita who twice remarks that such 'slips'...
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Shakespeare on Love and Friendship

Allan Bloom - Drama - 2000 - 159 pages
...making philosophers kings. Polixenes, under the influence of this girl, makes the following reflection: You see, sweet maid we marry A gentler scion to the...stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race. (IV.iv.92-95) Here he speaks as the kind of eugenicist recommended in The Republic, where...
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Theatre Under the Nazis

John London - History - 2000 - 356 pages
...and Polixenes was deleted. Gone from the script are Polixenes's words extolling the art of marrying '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...
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Biographia Literaria: Or, Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Criticism - 1834 - 351 pages
...streaked gilliflowers, because she had had heard it said, " There is~an art, -which, in their pieduess, shares "With great creating nature. Pol. Say there...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."*...
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