John, his father was a prosperous glove maker and wool maker. Dan George’s Barrets Alviearie, a Shakespeare dictionary was discovered. He took it to the The New York Library to see if it was real. Alvearie means bee hive. Shakespeare’s school Stratford grammar school, where he studied reading, writing and arithmetic, 400 years later is still up and running. Shakespeare was probably born April 23, 1554, his writing is sensitive and gave millions of his readers something in which to lust after and dream on. His words roll like thunder on the page and acquiesce to a constant temptation.
“Hell is empty and the devils are all here.”
The truest portrait we know. His signatures over the years in documents do not match. The job of scholars is to be dubious. The Alvearie is digitized age-by-page and online now. Were these notes unique to Shakespeare? The W’s and the S’s are written in a special font throughout the books, his initials. Who else would do such a thing but a modern rap star to promote himself. The dictionary has over 30,000 words that were used in the famous writers prose and plays since Shakespeare is so easily misunderstood why not? Scholars antiquarians argue the case for the books authenticity to this day but it is a marvelous work all the same and every bit as fun to read as walking through one of his plays. The next time you play scrabble why not make it one in which you use William Shakespeare’s ‘words only’ and use his very own dictionary to prove the spellings.
“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?”
Four-hundred years after his death and he is still here. Schools study him, stages still portray his works, and lovers quite possibly are still reciting his prose to as star-crossed lovers in the night. Was Shakespeare a romantic? His writings of lovers and comedies, hoaxes and of family dynamics, politics and his use of words certainly makes him sound like a well-rounded individual. In my schools days I thought his use of words was most boring until my high school English teach took us to the local movie theater to see Romeo and Juliet. Romantic it was, tragic and it was most apparent to me the number of people who can be involved in one relationship. Too many, would be my guess, or the lovers themselves might have survived and lived to a ripe old age. Shakespeare might have written a part deu in which the romantic teen couple had babies and a big Greek family.
Born on the Aries-Taurus cusp would make it difficult for Shakespeare to walk into a room and not be noticed. The cusp of this notion would make him a dominant and forceful personality. Energetic yet intuitive, practical and realistic, yet conflicted. Sensuous and sensitive this would describe a man whose feet are on the ground but his head can be in the clouds. Shakespeare worked as hard as he played and preferred to follow his instincts instead of the rules. A true renaissance man and one who would endure the times and stick them out long enough to figure out the problems as they came up.
From a fans point of view. Not with the blind eye but with the mind. Midsummer’s Nights Dream is an erotic story of the elements and how hot summers nights do play on the energies-that-be and of one young maiden who wishes to marry against her fathers will. This sounds like a familiar story line but one in which many daughters find themselves sitting in, a father doesn’t always like his daughter suitor or trust them at first. In the story Shakespeare gives that airy-fairy-part of life that we cannot see a name. Its inhabitants have names and the story is intoxicating and lusty. The paradox of the story, “Imagination makes impossible things a reality.” Kind of like the movie Brigadoon that stars Gene Kelly and Bing Crosby, we are going into the woods and when we fall in love crazy things can happen. Loosen your tie and unbutton the top button or two, because there are more important things in life than its rational side the side in which we can all ‘see.’ There are important parts of life we cannot see that are not always rational and happen beyond our control, the essential parts of life.
When Shakespeare was 18 he marries Anne Hathaway and they had three children two girls and one boy. The boy died when he was just eleven and tragedy in itself and certainly on that would give him years to base his feeling and emotion on. Shakespeare the artist? What makes any artist an artist but divine intention? Like a revolution his life would inspire his works. His notoriety was all done without ‘branding’ and technology; surely social media had a different meaning in those days. Shakespeare is a humanist and his works live on because man lives on, we can relate to his stories and the depth of character and the very heart and soul of the places in which they sit with their own truths. “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some will have greatness thrust upon them.” What are you reading today?