KarenRankowitz – 2006-10-25 12:45 PM
Jamesaritchie – 2006-10-25 2:06 PM Wow, thanks much to you. I really do need to check the PMs, but there for a while I had such trouble getting in and out of there, probably the beta browser I was using, that I gave up. Since then I’ve pretty much forgotten they exist.
Oh, come on…you are the kind to elude PM’s and for that, oh well…that is great, not a distraction from the world.
anyway…you are a man with many talents, one whose wise (but not beyond your means) not wiser than shakespere and what ever he tought was privy to his day…, which makes me ask…was Shakespere wise in his day or just another playwrite?
Shakespere and the playwrites of that day fool me?
Well, I think it’s safe to say that Shakespeare was as wise then as now, but it’s also fair to say he wasn’t very appreciated by his peers, though even in his day, he was comsiderably more than just another playwright.
He was looked down on by many because he wrote for the commoner, the drunken masses. During most of his plays the cry “Burn the juniper” would arise at some point, and spread until someone began burning juniper boughs. This to cover smell of vomit from the the drunks who couldn’t hold their booze until the play was over.
He also claimed to have “Never blotted a line,” meaning everything he did was left at first draft stage. When his players spread this brag around, Ben Jonson was asked what he thought about it, and he replied “Would that he had blotted a thousand.”
Shakespeare had actually performed as an actor in one of Jonson’s plays, so this may have added to Jonson’s ire when Shakespeare started moving up teh ranks of the famous.
Professional jealousy was common arund Shakespeare, partly because of his cuccess, and partly because several of his plays were simply rewrites of older plays and stories by other writers. Not a bad thing, since Shakespeare rewrote them so well they became new again.
And I will say that Shakespeare probably gave us the last word on the subject on wisdom. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” “As You Like It”, Act 5 scene 1.