THE SHAKESPEARE IDENTITY – DOES IT MATTER?

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‘Shine forth, thou Starre of Poets’ – Ben Jonson

In the course of a couple of months’ highly enjoyable immersion in the Shakespeare authorship question, I have mentioned it to various people, including teaching colleagues, both literature and Theory of Knowledge teachers. The most common response I get is “Does it matter?”

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SLOPPY SCHOLARSHIP (1)

Shakespeare, we must be silent in thy praise! (Anonymous, 1640)

Some anti-Stratfordians (those who don’t believe that the Stratford man was Shakespeare) quote this line from an anonymous 1640 poem entitled ‘Wit’s Recreations’ as evidence that there was a conspiracy of silence around the identity of the author. Maybe there was. But read on…

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THE SHAKESPEARE IDENTITY – DANGEROUS IDEAS

It’s always entertaining to watch an establishment intellectual in a huff, muttering hackneyed propaganda tropes over his shoulder as he sidles away from the question, desperately trying to shut down a losing debate without losing face. How can it not be funny to see someone getting frustrated with their own inability to control what other people think?

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