April 2015 PAD – Day 23: The Arrogance of Genius

On April 23rd 1564 William Shakespeare was born; he died on the same day in 1616.

The Arrogance of Genius

 
Not all the idioms the Bard gave us
Not all the delights of The Swan of Avon
Not all the tragedies, comedies and sonnets
Not the richness of language
Not the depth of characters
No, the love of Shakespeare is not ours by chance
Not a causal thing
Not a happenstance of nature
Self-assured, confident in his wordsmithery
To a degree, ah, to such a degree
That were some modern playwright
Some contemporary of ours to dare predict
Such longevity
Everlasting fascination with their works
Would we not scoff?
Would we not mock?
To pen such words as these:

“So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee”

And look down upon us these
Four hundred years hence
And see these lines still live
Ah, such bliss!
Such joy!
O, to be a pen in that hand that I might write those lines!

Iain

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