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By Arthur Gray

During this captivating and thought-provoking 1926 quantity, Arthur grey, grasp of Jesus collage, Cambridge from 1912 to 1940, explored the chance 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, used to be the house of Sir Henry Goodere and the centre of the famed 'Polesworth Circle'. This appropriate 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, was once definitely purchaser of many younger writers and musicians, together with the eminent Elizabethan poet, Michael Drayton. If grey is true, Drayton may were a modern of Shakespeare's at Polesworth.

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At Stratford nobody had any use for books, and nobody traded in them. Be it admitted that, long after Shakespeare's schooldays and at a time when education had made much advance, there died, in 1609, a curate of Bishopton, Stratford, named John Marshall, who was possessor of something more * Mrs Stopes, Shakespeare's Environment, p. 61. 37 Stratford Fact and Fable than a hundred books. Three-fourths of them were theological: the rest were mostly such ordinary classical books as a University man might be expected to have.

Others may copy from him the tone of chivalry, of kings and courts, but Shakespeare is the king of courtesy. In him is instinct the' reigning wit,' the 'wisdom' and 'royalty of nature' that were in Banquo. In the matter of satire Shakespeare leaves us in no doubt as to the principles of his dramatic art. ' There is only one poet whose character and quality are sketched for us in the Plays—the Poet of Timon of Athens. He is a base man who prostitutes his art for selfish, personal aims: 23 Does Shakespeare Rail?

E. Stratford), which he cites with accuracy. Unfortunately he, like more recent writers of' Lives,' in the deficiency of these sources added inferences which are of questionable value. ' 'He had bred him, 'tis true, for some time at a free school'— 19 2-2 The Stratford Legend Rowe does not say that it was Stratford school— 'where 'tis probable that he acquired that little Latin he was master of: but the narrowness of his circumstances and the want of his assistance at home forc'd his father to withdraw him from thence, and unhappily prevented his further proficiency in that language.

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