It is the day scholars have agreed is Shakespeare's birthday. Scholars agree on litte about him. For the most part they are too stunned by the brilliance of his writings to admit a man with only a simple education, with a father who was a common tradesman, and who mostly made his money as an actor and theatre producer could have written so gracefully and, what's more, so insightfully, about so many aspects of the human condition. He covered everything from mythological kings to very real historical kings, from grand people to a fool so stupid he tells everyone to call him an ass.
His poetry is magnificent and many phrases are a common part of our vocabulary. There's nothing I can write that is new or insightful that hasn't been said better by others. I can only say, I'm always astonished that one person could have been so brilliant. I celebrate his birthday as I do Beethoven's, that of the birth of an individual who stands unsurpassed as a representative of what one man can accomplish.
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