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"Would Shakespeare Get Into Swarthmore?"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0282  Monday, 2 February 2004

From:           Ken Steele <
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Date:           Friday, 30 Jan 2004 10:14:58 -0600
Subject: 15.0266 "Would Shakespeare Get Into Swarthmore?"
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0266 "Would Shakespeare Get Into Swarthmore?"

Would Shakespeare pass an entrance exam?  Somehow, with his apparent
impatience for pedantry (see Love's Labours Lost among others), I rather
doubt it.   I also doubt that he would WANT to.

The one thing I am certain of, after studying Shakespeare for about a
decade at university myself, is that if Shakespeare DID enrol, the daily
grind of academic rigour, self-analysis, footnoting, peer review,
grading and correction would almost certainly crush every ounce of
creative life out of his writing.

Send Shakespeare to college and you probably get -- Samuel Johnson?

Yours,
Ken

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