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Alongside the engraving of a portrait by the Dutch artist Martin Droueshut supposed by orthodox scholars and academics to be a true likeness of William Shakespeare is Ben Jonson’s poetic remarks which metaphorically cast some doubt on its authenticity: To the Reader,This figure, that thou here see’st putIt was for Gentle Shakespeare cutWherein the graverContinue reading “The “Shadowy Figure” of Shakespeare“
We all no doubt recall the well-known rhyme that helps us to remember the number of days in each month: Thirty days hath September,April, June and November;February has twenty eight aloneAll the rest have thirty-oneExcept in Leap Year, that’s the timeWhen February’s Days are twenty-nine. Like many other months in our year September derives itsContinue reading “The Month of September“
In act IV of Timon of Athens, Timon leaves his home in Athens while his faithful steward, and other servants lament his departure. He goes to live in a cave in the woods, collecting berries, and digging up roots in an attempt to assuage his hunger. When Timon rejects the beastliness of men nevertheless hisContinue reading “An “Upstart Crow?”“
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