To b-day, or not to b-day: what a piece of work is Shakespeare

Hansen, Claire (2014) To b-day, or not to b-day: what a piece of work is Shakespeare. The Conversation, 23 April 2014.

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[Extract] In William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the conspirator Cassius bitterly describes the position of Caesar in Rome. He says:

… [H]e doth bestride the narrow world Like a colossus, and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about To find ourselves dishonourable graves.

While written about Caesar, these words are a rather prophetic description of Shakespeare, whose birthday falls today. William Shakespeare occupies a very similar space: a towering literary colossus, he remains both admired and – to some extent – feared. We mere mortals – we petty men and women – walk humbly in his shadow, in wonder and (sometimes) in confusion.

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