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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to Romeo and Juliet, 2.4.21: "prick-song"


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prick-song: Music sung from written or printed vocal music, as opposed to music sung from memory or by ear . . . —Oxford English Dictionary.

Mercutio's satirical point is that Tybalt fights by the book, in the most fashionable manner. In Shakespeare's time there were many duelling manuals from which Tybalt could taken his lessons.

An illustration from the rapier fencing manual of Vincentio Saviolo