A question not to be asked, say the literary critics. L.C. Knights' witty denunciation of Bradleian analysis became a part of our critical language when Knights thirty years ago entitled his influential essay "How Many Children Had Lady Macbeth?" Knights contended that "the only profitable approach to Shakespeare is a consideration of his plays as dramatic poems, of his use of language to obtain a total complex emotional response. Yet the bulk of Shakespeare criticism is concerned with his characters, his heroines, his love of Nature or his 'philosophy' — with everything, in short, except with the words on the page."
"How Many Pregnancies Had Lady Macbeth?,"
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