History Creator / WilliamShakespeare

17th Sep '16 11:13:38 AM xXNoMoreXsXx
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**Many modern readers are often shocked to hear that theatre was as low-brow a form of entertainment as it was in its day. When you consider that watching a Shakespeare play was basically the equivalent to watching The Hangover at its time it makes more sense.
19th Aug '16 12:28:30 AM Az_Tech341
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* PurpleProse: Sonnet 130 ("My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun") satirizes the tendency of other poets to make overwrought, faux-profound similes.

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* PurpleProse: Sonnet 130 ("My mistress' mistress's eyes are nothing like the sun") satirizes the tendency of other poets to make overwrought, faux-profound similes.
18th Aug '16 10:10:06 PM pyroclastic
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* PurpleProse: Sonnet 130 ("My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun") satirizes the tendency of other poets to make overwrought, faux-profound similes.
1st Aug '16 9:37:35 PM JulianLapostat
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In either case, the "evidence" cited by anti-Stratfordians that Shakespeare's works needed specialized knowledge in [[RenaissanceMan "history, mythology, law, medicine, geography, sailing, and the upper echelons of politics"]] to write so well about these subjects is not borne out by textual studies of the play. The plays are filled with anachronism, historical inaccuracies, propaganda and rumor, as well as quite a few errors in scientific and geographic facts. Moreover, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare's contemporary and friend who wrote the Essay of Dedication for the First Folio, lamented that Shakespeare knew very little Latin and Greek, in other words not someone who was a CunningLinguist by any means, perfectly matching the biographical record. The list of books that Shakespeare mentions in his will align well with the source material for his plays and they were chapbooks writte veracMoreover, Shakespeare borrowed all his plots (as was tradition at the time) and government censorship meant he could not depict contemporary life anyway. Shakespeare's plays are works of artistic genius which means that conventional notions of skill from later eras do not apply. It should also be noted that the authorship debate stems from the fact that there is very little known about Shakespeare's personality, his attitudes and the like. There are no letters or diaries attributed to Shakespeare. However, this attitude stems from the notion of an artist's "personality" which is anachronistic since it was only with UsefulNotes/{{Romanticism}} that the idea of the artist as celebrity came into being.

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In either case, the "evidence" cited by anti-Stratfordians that Shakespeare's works needed specialized knowledge in [[RenaissanceMan "history, mythology, law, medicine, geography, sailing, and the upper echelons of politics"]] to write so well about these subjects is not borne out by textual studies of the play. The plays are filled with anachronism, historical inaccuracies, propaganda and rumor, as well as quite a few errors in scientific and geographic facts. Moreover, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare's contemporary and friend who wrote the Essay of Dedication for the First Folio, lamented that Shakespeare knew very little Latin and Greek, in other words not someone who was a CunningLinguist by any means, perfectly matching the biographical record. The list of books that Shakespeare mentions in his will align well with the source material for his plays and they were chapbooks writte veracMoreover, written in vernacular. Moreover, Shakespeare borrowed all his plots (as was tradition at the time) and government censorship meant he could not depict contemporary life anyway. Shakespeare's plays are works of artistic genius which means that conventional notions of skill from later eras do not apply. It should also be noted that the authorship debate stems from the fact that there is very little known about Shakespeare's personality, his attitudes and the like. There are no letters or diaries attributed to Shakespeare. However, this attitude stems from the notion of an artist's "personality" which is anachronistic since it was only with UsefulNotes/{{Romanticism}} that the idea of the artist as celebrity came into being.
16th Jul '16 7:56:03 AM yisfidri
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* CrosscastRole: Any woman in a Shakespeare play as it was originally conceived, since, at the time, all actors were male. This adds an extra layer to a play like ''Much Ado About Nothing'', where a lot of the humor already comes from crossdressing.

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* CrosscastRole: Any woman in a Shakespeare play as it was originally conceived, since, at the time, all actors were male. This adds an extra layer to a play like ''Much Ado About Nothing'', ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'', where a lot of the humor already comes from crossdressing.



* RecursiveCrossdressing: Companies of actors in Shakespeare's day were entirely composed of men. So any women, such as Portia, Viola, Rosalind, or Julia, who dress up as boys for a disguise, would have been men dressed up as women dressed up as men.

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* RecursiveCrossdressing: Companies of actors in Shakespeare's day were entirely composed of men. So any women, such as Portia, Viola, Rosalind, Imogen or Julia, who dress up as boys for a disguise, would have been men dressed up as women dressed up as men.
30th Jun '16 10:08:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* BastardAngst: Comes up often in his works. Edmund from ''Theatre/KingLear'', John from ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' and Philip from ''Theatre/KingJohn'' are often freely labeled "the Bastard" and it causes them much angst.
23rd Apr '16 1:04:00 PM erics
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In either case, the "evidence" cited by anti-Stratfordians that Shakespeare's works needed specialized knowledge in [[RenaissanceMan "history, mythology, law, medicine, geography, sailing, and the upper echelons of politics"]] to write so well about these subjects is not borne out by textual studies of the play. The plays are filled with anachronism, historical inaccuracies, propaganda and rumor, as well as quite a few errors in scientific and geographic facts. Moreover, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare's contemporary and friend who wrote the Essay of Dedication for the First Folio, lamented that Shakespeare knew very little Latin and Greek, in other words not someone who was a CunningLinguist by any means, perfectly matching the biographical record. The list of books that Shakespeare mentions in his will align well with the source material for his plays and they were chapbooks written in vernacular. Moreover, Shakespeare borrowed all his plots (as was tradition at the time) and government censorship meant he could not depict contemporary life anyway. Shakespeare's plays are works of artistic genius which means that conventional notions of skill from later eras do not apply. It should also be noted that the authorship debate stems from the fact that there is very little known about Shakespeare's personality, his attitudes and the like. There are no letters or diaries attributed to Shakespeare. However, this attitude stems from the notion of an artist's "personality" which is anachronistic since it was only with UsefulNotes/{{Romanticism}} that the idea of the artist as celebrity came into being.

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In either case, the "evidence" cited by anti-Stratfordians that Shakespeare's works needed specialized knowledge in [[RenaissanceMan "history, mythology, law, medicine, geography, sailing, and the upper echelons of politics"]] to write so well about these subjects is not borne out by textual studies of the play. The plays are filled with anachronism, historical inaccuracies, propaganda and rumor, as well as quite a few errors in scientific and geographic facts. Moreover, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare's contemporary and friend who wrote the Essay of Dedication for the First Folio, lamented that Shakespeare knew very little Latin and Greek, in other words not someone who was a CunningLinguist by any means, perfectly matching the biographical record. The list of books that Shakespeare mentions in his will align well with the source material for his plays and they were chapbooks written in vernacular. Moreover, writte veracMoreover, Shakespeare borrowed all his plots (as was tradition at the time) and government censorship meant he could not depict contemporary life anyway. Shakespeare's plays are works of artistic genius which means that conventional notions of skill from later eras do not apply. It should also be noted that the authorship debate stems from the fact that there is very little known about Shakespeare's personality, his attitudes and the like. There are no letters or diaries attributed to Shakespeare. However, this attitude stems from the notion of an artist's "personality" which is anachronistic since it was only with UsefulNotes/{{Romanticism}} that the idea of the artist as celebrity came into being.



* CrystalDragonJesus: In non-Christian settings, the names may be pagan, but the doctrines and practices are Christian.


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* CreatorCameo: He played Adam in ''Twelfth Night'' and The Ghost in ''Hamlet''


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* CrystalDragonJesus: In non-Christian settings, the names may be pagan, but the doctrines and practices are Christian.
23rd Apr '16 2:51:21 AM Outis
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[[RedBaron The Bard of Avon]]. England's national poet. Often considered one of the greatest writers in the English language. But who was he, really?

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[[RedBaron The Bard of Avon]]. England's national poet. Often considered one of the greatest writers writer in the English language. But who was he, really?
14th Apr '16 12:10:52 AM bwburke94
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Notably, the theory has attracted many high-profile supporters, including such luminaries like Creator/WaltWhitman, Creator/CharlesDickens, Creator/RalphWaldoEmerson, Creator/MarkTwain, UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud, Creator/DerekJacobi, Creator/OrsonWelles, Creator/JimJarmusch, Creator/CharlieChaplin, at least two recent members of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts US Supreme Court]] (John Paul Stevens and Antonin Scalia, to be exact, and possibly the only thing they have ever agreed on), and others. The Authorship Question has a few [[http://shakespeareauthorship.org/ adherents]] from Shakespeare scholarship, such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Stritmatter Roger Stritmatter]] and Oxfordian Shakespeare scholar [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felicia_Hardison_Londr%C3%A9 Felicia Londre]].

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Notably, the theory has attracted many high-profile supporters, including such luminaries like Creator/WaltWhitman, Creator/CharlesDickens, Creator/RalphWaldoEmerson, Creator/MarkTwain, UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud, Creator/DerekJacobi, Creator/OrsonWelles, Creator/JimJarmusch, Creator/CharlieChaplin, at least two recent members of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts US Supreme Court]] (John Paul Stevens and Antonin Scalia, to be exact, and possibly the only thing they have ever agreed on), and others. The Authorship Question has a few [[http://shakespeareauthorship.org/ adherents]] from Shakespeare scholarship, such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Stritmatter Roger Stritmatter]] and Oxfordian Shakespeare scholar [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felicia_Hardison_Londr%C3%A9 Felicia Londre]].
12th Mar '16 6:17:21 AM Ultimatum
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Incidentally, he left his wife Anne his "second-best bed" in his will, which has had historians scratching their heads for centuries. The most normal-sounding explanation was that the second-best bed was the one he and his wife slept in, the best bed was reserved for guests. Unfortunately, muddying up the water is the fact that Shakespeare was quite cold with his much-older wife, spending most of his life away from home. He only married her in the first place [[ShotgunWedding because he got her pregnant]]. Maybe. We don't know much about the man's personal history, and the gaps have been filled with a lot of patchwork speculation over the decades (See Authorship Question below). Shakespeare had three children: Susanna, Judith, and his only son, Hamnet. Hamnet Shakespeare died at the age of 11 at 1596, and the coincidence of the name of the child with that of the protagonist of the famous play has similarly been a source of speculation for the likes of Creator/JamesJoyce and Creator/NeilGaiman.

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Incidentally, he left his wife Anne his "second-best bed" in his will, which has had historians scratching their heads for centuries. The most normal-sounding explanation was that the second-best bed was the one he and his wife slept in, the best bed was reserved for guests. Unfortunately, muddying up the water is the fact that Shakespeare was quite cold with his much-older wife, spending most of his life away from home. He only married her in the first place [[ShotgunWedding because he got her pregnant]]. Maybe. We don't know much about the man's personal history, and the gaps have been filled with a lot of patchwork speculation over the decades (See Authorship Question below). Shakespeare had three children: Susanna, Judith, and his only son, Hamnet. Hamnet Shakespeare died at the age of 11 at in 1596, and the coincidence of the name of the child with that of the protagonist of the famous play has similarly been a source of speculation for the likes of Creator/JamesJoyce and Creator/NeilGaiman.
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