By Arthur Gray
During this fascinating and thought-provoking 1926 quantity, Arthur grey, grasp of Jesus university, Cambridge from 1912 to 1940, explored the prospect that William Shakespeare spent his early life at Polesworth corridor within the woodland of Arden, might be serving as a web page boy. The woodland of Arden as soon as stretched from simply north of Stratford-upon-Avon to Tamworth, and lined what's now Birmingham; Polesworth, close to Tamworth, was once the house of Sir Henry Goodere and the centre of the famed 'Polesworth Circle'. This well suited concentration of artistic and cultural task could have provided the younger William publicity to the best minds, an excellent schooling and worthy introductions. Sir Henry, who obviously knew John Shakespeare in Stratford, used to be definitely shopper of many younger writers and musicians, together with the eminent Elizabethan poet, Michael Drayton. If grey is right, Drayton may were a latest of Shakespeare's at Polesworth.
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By what process was he evolved? Selection. ' It is a true saying, though Aubrey knew less of Shakespeare than he did of Jonson, and had most in mind those ' humours,' or character-types, on and with which Jonson worked. In his earlier comedies Shakespeare worked on the same materials and with the like tools. Gradually the figures took on themselves the thews of singularity, spoke with voices and moved with antics of their own. Sir Hugh Evans is a specialised Holofernes: Dogberry is a sublimated Dull.
The moral ugliness of 'society' is only redeemed by simpletons who are outside it: 'the glass of fashion, and the mould of form'—what knows Dickens of Hamlet? Government and the governing class are perverse and foolish: something his reporting experiences told him of Taper and Tadpole, nothing of Ulysses. Such was the actual world of Dickens: Gonzalo's commonwealth never entered his vision. Yet one advantage was given to Dickens which was denied to the Stratford * Oddly, John Dickens, like John Shakespeare, had a family of seven children.
He fails in respect of personal motive, but there is art in the artist. e. ' Is it worth while further to demonstrate Shakespeare's abhorrence of satire and the judicial hypocrisy involved in anonymous censure of individuals? The Banished Duke may answer for him, when to Jaques, who claims for himself a charter as the wind, to blow on whom he pleases, he replies: 'Fie on thee! '* * Jaques is a faint forecast of Timon: both have a passion for forests and caves. ' 24 Does Shakespeare Rail? ' Is it not rightly said of Shakespeare himself by the Poet whose aim he idealises?
A Chapter in the Early Life of Shakespeare: Polesworth in Arden by Arthur Gray