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|Why I Hate Shakespeare (standard:Editorials, 1222 words)|
|Author: DAVID TUMUSIIME||Added: May 27 2003||Views/Reads: 5415/1773||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|I know there are going to be some furious fans but this message has to get out. The title says it all.|
WHY I HATE SHAKESPEARE. I am not for change for the sake of change. God knows there are certain things and persons who need no change for a long time. And no I have not included who you are thinking. My bone to pick, and thankfully he is bones now, is with that old drunken bearded bard whose birthday is coming up again. I have support here I think. I'm talking about bad old William Shakespeare, that damned English poet and playwright. Do I hear yells of agreement from students across the world? I think I do. It's been, what 387 years almost, and still we have to speak of the thee's and thou's! It is torture to have to remember the difference between A.D. and B.C. and that that great market product rose two thousand years ago. Now there seems another impasse with this other dead man who stands somewhere in 1616 dividing another line, before Shakespeare and after Shakespeare. As in if you wrote before him, you are excused for the poor writing you did. I mean persons like Sophocles and Aristophanes and those other Greeks. What did they know anyway? They wore togas for Chrissake! They must have had better things to think about especially considering they were by the seaside and it often got windy. But after the scintillating lesson of Mr. William Shakespeare, bankrupt local butcher's son, there is no excuse for bad writing. There are even awards to chide and rebuke for bad writing. Of course no one can write better than him either. There is also snubbing for one presumptuous to attempt to think they are writing better than the great Will Shakespeare. If it were only academics trumpeting his so called glories, they could be brushed aside with the painful critical bashing term. The one about eunuchs in a harem of beautiful women. The one about those who can't do something teach others how to do it. But it is not only the critics. There are enemies in our midst. And irritatingly illustrious ones. Like Ben Jonson, his contemporary. He had started well in teaching the illiterate baboon his place. That famous crack about how Shakespeare had “less Greek and little Latin.” He did not have the university papers in other words. Jonson was seeming the great hope to carry on where Greene had left off. Another contemporary who did not have much high opinion of the copycat. Called the turncoat Shakespeare “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his tiger's heart wrapped in a player's hide, supposes he is able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you.” He chose an even perfect time to tell this truth. On his deathbed. And we all know dying men tell no lies. Unfortunately Greene did not have much going in his own plays. If he was original in his own work, he was also insufferably dull. So we had Jonson to hope for. He had the brains, he had the talent, and he had had the education. He knew Shakespeare as well as a man can know another which is completely because they were even drinking companions at a certain kafunda called Mermaid's Tavern just after their National theatre. The name suggests there were some Shadow's Angels there and the late nights were not only about exchanging wit. He had started well with that crack about the uneducated pretender who was henpecked into marrying an older woman. Then wily Will had to go and die. Not to appear an insensitive oaf, Jonson let us down. He wandered into Elysian Fields of reminiscence and his memory played tricks on him. He started strangely about his being not for an age but for all ages. Somehow he found a way to reinterpret Shakespeare's long periods from home as not running away from a shrewish way he couldn't handle but a gentility of character that didn't allow him to complain he was missing her. That he was sacrificing to make their life better. Didn't say when Shakespeare retired, he did live in this tranquil prosperity more than 4 years. Quiet? With Christopher Marlowe and Michael Drayton and The White Devil author in the house busy running a rap session of wit and irreverent intellectualism? Quiet? The sneaky fellow was too busy secretly typing Click here to read the rest of this story (55 more lines)
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