In your view, what is the best thing to be said about William Shakespeare?
He is such a highly regarded and influential writer, I would love to hear what others think about him.
Old Bill Shakespeare?
What can I say?
He made up words or else he couldn't spell that well.
He should have written for HubPages because there are a hell of a lot of people who can't spell very well who write for this site.
He wrote lots of words, so he really wouldn't be suitable for the average Hubber (another made up word, but not made up by Shakespeare), because the average Hubber (There it goes again) hasn't the attention span to read more than a thousand words.
Shakespeare used some really good adjectives, but the average Hubber doesn't understand the meaning of such words as "Awesome" or "Beautiful" or they wouldn't use them undiscriminatingly.
W.S (and I don't mean William Schwenck Gilbert - who also wrote lots of words) might have had a SpellChecker on his PC or his LapTop, but he didn't know that it couldn't tell the difference between homophones, and it was crap with all but the most basic Grammar and Punctuation.
So both blokes could have written for HubPages because they wouldn't have felt out of place.
His writings cut to the core of the human soul. He was witty, profound, and down to earth. He knew the human heart. I think we can all find ourselves (our good and our bad) in his characters.
His plays have withstood the test of time, which is remarkable in a society such as ours.
Shakespeare was the pulp fiction of his time, and yet beyond the crude jokes and the theatrical elements, his plays have a lot of heart and wisdom inherent within the plot and dialogue that just stick with people. What a wordsmith! Makes you wonder what will be said of our fiction in five hundred years.
Pulp fiction? Really? Shakespeare was extremely popular in his time, because he impacted the lives of those living in his time, as he impacts our lives today. In the US society, today, there is far too much attention paid to simple entertainment.
I believe his writing was considered to be a bit pulpy, yes He wasn't considered to be as brilliant then as we consider him now, because he wasn't so unique - there were loads of good playwrights about. He's just stood the test of time.
I agree with you, Skip that he impacted the lives of the people of his time, but he was able to do so because he targeted his plays to an audience. There are many writers today who are considered pulpy but are really hidden gems. Even in the US.
His plays come across better when performed than when read out in monotones in a hot and stuffy classroom.
The best thing about Shakespeare was that he was an excellent people-watcher, and the characters he wrote still connect with his audience even after 400 years. I reckon I'm Portia, from The Merchant of Venice. Who are you?
He, without a doubt, wrote for the stage and is best enjoyed in that form, but once you see it properly performed you can better enjoy the written word. His use of language, wit and human insight is rarely matched and never exceded.
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