William Who?

tmp_18670-shakespeare_original-320x199925372887We will soon be encouraged to celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. We will gorge on iambic pentameters, stuff ourselves with quotations, fill the airwaves with sonnets and listen to lovies expound the importance of the Shakespeare plays to human understanding.

Going to a secondary modern school in the early 1960s meant focusing on vocational subjects supported by basic literacy, numeracy together with a little geography and history. Shakespeare was something for the kids at the grammar school and highbrow people. Fortunately in later life I discovered his works and the way he used language.

The one question I have asked but still awaits a credible answer is whether he simply drew on the language around him or was he a very inventive writer?


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