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MICHAEL HUNT

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"with thy sharp teeth, this knot intrinsicate of life at once untie."  (Antony and Cleopatra)   

With these words, Cleopatra put a snake to her breast and ended her life.   It is possible that the word 'intrinsicate' is simply a misprint for either 'intrinsic' or 'intricate', but the line's meter calls for four syllables at this point, not three, so I have always felt the word is written the way Shakespeare intended it, and that he coined it for the occasion, to describe life as something uniquely critical and complex.