453 And Still Cause For Celebration

'Good friend for Jesus sake forbear, to dig the dust enclosed here.  Blest be the man that spares these bones, and curst be he that moves my bones.'  What better way for a writer to leave his mark but with a self-penned curse which still rests within the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon.



Well, you have to hand it to the Bard, he certainly had a way with words and especially so when it came to penning his own curse.  But then again with a tally of 37 plays, 154 sonnets and, notwithstanding all the poetry and love letters to Anne Hathaway - not to mention the odd curse - who could argue that he really wasn't anything other than the greatest.

With a cv running to director, producer and writer we’d be hard pressed to think of anything that Shakespeare couldn't actually do up to and including being a master of spin.  After all, when trying to turn a profit, who but a theatrical genius could ever create the so-called curse of Macbeth - aka the 'M' word - to keep the crowds coming night after night to pay their penny at the box office.

Shakespeare’s greatest legacy, however, is the language he bequeathed to a grateful nation that has continued to evolve over the centuries.  400 hundred years ago when the average vocabulary in England was maybe no more than just a 1000 words, in his time Shakespeare created over 20,000 more. Nowadays we hear Jamaican Patois and other slang progressing English beyond what the Bard invented but somehow, if he were alive today, I think he would accept it as a natural evolution in the language he created.

Today there is a bit of Shakespeare in all of us even if it’s not always expressed in a way that everyone finds acceptable or even recognisable.  But then again, how many of us, notwithstanding all the Shakespearean aficionados, could possible understand Shakespeare as it was originally written in the English of the Renaissance period.



Published by Martin Baum on 18/04/2017
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