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    Posted: 11-Nov-2004 at 14:13
Who do you scholars think is the best writer of the Elizabethan period. Is it unanimously Shakespeare, or does anyone like Christopher Marlow or Edward de Vere, or anyone else. I just recently read Marlow's Dr. Faustus and found it fascinating.
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  Quote Dawn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Nov-2004 at 15:29
Well I am a Shakespare fan but not eveyone here is. see: Shakespeare,anyone?  but I like Marlow as well.
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I think Shakespeare wins simply due to his prolific output - so many of his works have survived (in so many different versions).  Additionally, his plays still today - as they did at his time, not only relate a story, but touch the very fundamental human issues in a way that allows almost everyone to relate to the story.

How many reworkings of Romeo and Juliet have there been since he first wrote it?  Even up through the modern film versions and West Side Story, the tale is still valid and touches a great nuber of people.

From "Shrinklits" - by Maurice Sagoff  ( ...the world's towering classics cut down to size... )

The Sonnets of William Shakespeare:  1 - 17

Thine eye,  

Thine air,  

Defy   

Compare

This Prime.  

Alas,  

In time  

Will pass.

What can  

Replace  

Thy man -

ly grace?

A son -

Make one.

The Sonnets of William Shakespeare:  18 - 154

The boy  

I love  

Rude joy  

May prove -

He'd spark  

(No less)  

My dark  

Mistress!

This much  

I know: 

It's touch 

And go

When you  

Love two.

 

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  Quote Winterhaze13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Nov-2004 at 09:08
Then what are your favourite Shakespeare play. I like Hamlet and MacBeth.
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  Quote Winterhaze13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2004 at 18:01
What genre is Skakespeare best at? Was it his histories, comedies, romance or tragedies?
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  Quote Dawn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2004 at 22:23

My favorite plays - Taming of the shrew and Julius Ceaser. I saw it preformed at Stratford a few years ago,it was fabulous.

As to which genre, most critical aclaim goes to the tradgedies but I prefer the comedies myself.

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I love MacBeth because it is a study of human greed and how some people can be corrupted so easily with power.  Macbeth is perhaps the most enduring of his plays, along with Hamlet because they remain so relevant today.
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