2002

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0985  Tuesday, 9 April 2002

From:           Martin Steward <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 8 Apr 2002 17:17:39 +0100
Subject: 13.0968 Bard's Bash
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0968 Bard's Bash

All that fuss about crying God for 23rd April Shakespeare and St.
George, and then what do we get:

"Date & Time: Sunday 21 April 7pm".

Which just goes to show why we phlegmatic, bourgeois, puritanical
English don't celebrate the Popish excrescences of Red Letter Days: they
might fall on a working day in the week, and we'd have to shut up shop!
God forbid! Of course, if they belong to someone else (e.g. the
Americans' St. Patrick's Day) that's all right, because that means there
is no sense of national sovereignty being undermined by Babylonian
superstitions.

J M W Turner (our greatest painter) was also born on this particular day
(and unlike for WS, there is documentary proof; also unlike WS, Turner
did not contrive to die on the same date). The whole business is thrown
into chaos by the discrepancies between Old and New Style dating,
anyway.  Presumably WS's real birthday would have been... 12th April...?
Historians who are more used to dealing with these arcane matters please
correct me.

My dad was born on April 23rd too, as it happens. His name is "Clive".
I've always been fascinated by the coincidence that there are CLIV - 154
- sonnets in WS's famous sequence. His parents assure me they had no
idea that they were naming him so significantly, and I believe them.

m

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