Apparently there are still undiscovered sex references in Shakespeare’s works. Heloise Senechal, working on a new edition of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works, says that she’s used “computer techniques” to find previously unrecognized double entendres. Apparently they’re hoping to go for a more realistic appreciation of Shakespeare’s time in their footnotes. They’ll emphasize the base nature of the work to get away from the idea that it was all high class.
I don’t know what sort of computer techniques she’s using, exactly, but the rules seem pretty obvious, and completely Freudian (although he came later): anything longer than it is wide is a phallic symbol, and any reference to “hole”, “gap”, or any other sort of space where one might want to put something is…..well, I run a family blog here. Although it appears Shakespeare was a bit more generous in his descriptions of the ladies, as you’ll often discover that food references (pie, “fruit dish”, etc…) are also a common one, and often when speaking of birds he was referring to ladies of, shall we say, low morals.
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