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Shakespeare in Time Magazine (Europe)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0231  Tuesday, 28 March 2006

From: 		Marcus Dahl <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 28 Mar 2006 02:26:44 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 17.0219 Shakespeare in Time Magazine (Europe)
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0219 Shakespeare in Time Magazine (Europe)

Dear All,

I say to anyone who thinks the fame of William Shakespeare relies upon 
this 'commerce as art' thing, read ANY of the contemporary artists and 
do the old card game trick: play for play, poem for poem, (and virtually 
line for line) Shakespeare has a better hand.  He is a better poet, 
writer and thinker than any of his contemporaries. I say this half way 
through 476 EM plays in original spelling form.

Sometimes, in a lesser age such as ours, people find the idea of 
greatness to hard to take. Jonson the other great English artist of the 
age (and Shakespeare's friend) knew otherwise.

Who do you want to trust - Gary Taylor or Ben Jonson?

All best,
Marcus

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