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Good Morrow!

It would be impossible for me to let this day go by without marking the 450th birthday of my favourite man (thus the appropriate greeting for you above :D).

Theories abound about his true identity. Was he really the grammar school boy who rose to greatness? Was he in fact Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford? Was he not even one individual, but a team of Elizabethan poets and playwrights who collaborated on some of the most famous works?

The thing is, even if he's not the man from Stratford, does it really matter? What counts is that someone (or maybe some people), at some point generated some of the finest literature the English language has ever known. It has endured for centuries. It has created templates for some of the modern world's most popular characters and stories. It crosses generational and cultural boundaries. It is the reason why, in a recent survey, he was voted the UK's "greatest cultural icon", ahead of even the Queen.

Now, there aren't many people in history who could do that.

For me, the answer is this: if the person who wrote the sonnets and plays is not the man we all thought he was, but someone else, it's not the end of the world. It means that there was still another human being who produced these works of art. A mistaken identity doesn't diminish the achievements and we shouldn't let it. 

So thank you, Mr Shakespeare, and Happy Birthday to thee.


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Hello and welcome to the cosy, dark corner where my profile lurks! Plonk yourself down and help yourself to some tea and cake (imaginary, of course- otherwise I'd have to post it, and have you ever tried to fit a Battenberg through a letterbox? It's the stuff of nightmares, I can tell you.)

But I digress. If you're here on purpose, then you probably want to read some of my writing- which is funny, because I don't really consider myself to be a true writer: I'm just a girl with a pen and paper, trying to express some of her thoughts in a world that she finds to be both beautiful and bizarre. When I'm not tripping over items of furniture or small children, I write poetry and prose, as my drawing skills leave a lot to be desired....

From my name you can probably tell that I am in love with, amongst other writers and poets, :heart: The Bard :heart: and one of my favourite things to do is to go to the Globe Theatre when I have the chance. I like languages and can understand French and Spanish, with a smattering of Latin as well, so to all you other Latin nerds out there: salve!

Thank you for taking the time to read my babble, and I hope that you enjoy my work!

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Dreamworld88 Apr 9, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks for the favorite! Have a llama!
takemetoverona Apr 10, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome, and thank you! :)
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takemetoverona Mar 26, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you! :D
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