The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2070 Thursday, 30 August 2001
From: Richard Kennedy <
Date: Monday, 27 Aug 2001 08:12:52 -0700
Subject: 12.2064 Re: Funeral Elegy
Comment: Re: SHK 12.2064 Re: Funeral Elegy
It would be wonderful to find such a thing, but there's nothing.
There's his monument in Holy Trinity, Stratford, with those few words
that you know, but otherwise the world was silent about Shakespeare's
passing. Some years later a man named Basse wrote a poem (ms. only, I
believe) that noticed the poet's death, and 7 years after Shakespeare
died the First Folio was published (1623), and therein it is Ben Jonson
who first remembered that the great poet was gone, and revealed him as
"the soul of the age." The explanation for this delayed notice of
Shakespeare's death might be because Stratford was a two or three day's
ride from London. Or perhaps the grief over Shakespeare's passing left
his friends and theater colleagues speechless, no one knows.
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