Shakespeare Is Overrated

I recently saw a someone post one of those facebook things saying something along the lines “why can’t I find my romeo?” and I had to reply saying “why on earth would you wan’t a murdering paedophile who being with would cut you off from your family?” and that is because, aside from being a bit of a shit, I’ve actually read my Shakespeare.

I can recite Hamlet’s soliloquy word perfect and I know who made summer of our winter of discontentment. But having read widely of Shakespeare and seen numerous adaptations for radio, stage and screen I can say with outright authority that Shakespeare is overrated.

It’s probably not going to be a popular opinion, the bard is held up as the shining pinnacle of  literary achievement in the English language, and I don’t see why the contemporaries of Shakespeare such as Christopher Marlowe (who produced plays such as The Tragical History of Dr Faustus and The Jew of Malta) were far superior to old Bill.

Playwrights such as John Marston who produced some of the finest work of that era are overlooked and for what? Some half baked satires, some boot licking biopics and quite a few tragedies (and those were meant to be comedies). I just don’t understand it, I mean it could be a taste thing, but I just think that it is one of those things that people think that they should like to look cultured and so therefore pretend they do, even if they don’t actually have a clue how they really feel about it.

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