Written by Kendall Jordan Caputo:
It is commonly accepted that William Shakespeare was one of the most brilliant poets and writers of all time, but what is not so well known is the conspiracy behind it. There is much evidence to believe that Shakespeare was not who everyone thinks he was. William Shakespeare, though he was recognized for writing many works, was not the poet responsible for the construction of various plays submitted under his name.
There is no evidence of Shakespeare even being a poet at all. The amount of information linked with other famous philosophers and poets of the time compared to the little to none about Shakespeare are uncommon and unusual (Pinksen 78). There are no letters, journals, or any other type of personal writing found by Shakespeare that had anything to do with his plays or literature. He never made public appearances to bring attention to himself, which was out of the ordinary, because given desire for fame and notoriety it is almost unheard of that someone would want to go unrecognized for their work.
Shakespeare simply did not have enough education to write the types of literature that he is commonly known for. Judging by the information that is pulled from the two universities, Oxford and Cambridge, schooling records show that it is impossible that Shakespeare attended a college (Pinksen 80). In fact, the highest level of schooling that he could have possibly attended was up to age fourteen! Through the so-called works of Shakespeare we find that the writer had an extremely high intelligence level that could only have come with great amounts of schooling. His extensive knowledge of languages, culture, and politics of continental Europe are too high given his education, especially with the fact that he supposedly had no familiarity with any of these things. “The writer of the Shakespeare plays had the greatest vocabulary ever seen in English history – nearly 30,000 words in his texts alone”, says Daryl Pinksen in Marlowe’s Ghost.The extent of this vocabulary cannot simply be attained or learned through everyday life. The depth of such plays could neither be understood, nor written unless intensely studied for years. “The vast compendium of learning, omnipresent in the plays, forms the canvas on which the writer displays an unparalleled understanding of human nature. The ease with which he can paint these essentially human stories on his medium reveals that he had not just read these books, but studied them closely”, says Daryl Pinken, again. The comprehension of Shakespeare with only limited education at a grammar school level is unheard of and cannot be explained. The idea of “miracle of Genius” to elucidate how Shakespeare did such things is accepted by many, when in reality one must not only be genius but also have countless years of study and schooling under their belt because grammar schooling education is not enough to accomplish such things (Pinksen 81).
A theory among many is that Shakespeare’s plays were written and submitted under his name by another party, not William Shakespeare. The Arden of Feversham, Edward II, and The Birth of Merlin along with countless others are plays that have been falsely credited to Shakespeare (Kennedy). Close to half of Shakespeare’s plays are recognized as very similar to that of Marlowe, one of the most famous poets of the time, based on creative style and much of Marlowe’s word usage and syntax is quite similar to those used by Shakespeare (Cynthia Morgan; themarlowestudies.org). Common nuances and touches of Marlowe can be found in Shakespeare’s plays along with various characters. Shakespeare’s works were written and published not by Shakespeare, but by other poets under his name.
Sources point to the fact that Shakespeare did not even in actuality spend most of his time commuting to the theatre district in London where his play were, but actually spent most of his time in Stratford (Pinksen 83). His neighbors and other townsfolk did not recognize him as a famous writer, which is odd considering that he was said to have been one of the most famous poets of the time. On the contrary, people knew him only as a cold businessman with lots of money. Another thing that is questionable is the fact that until years after his death, he was not even talked about. This is very strange because during that time poets were often praised and talked about soon after their deaths. In his will there is no mention of him being a writer or a famous poet (Pinksen 81). There is actually no evidence whatsoever that even links him to his so-called colleagues in it (HiWAAY.org).
Shakespeare was not the writer of the plays that he was credited for. The lack of evidence that Shakespeare was even a writer at all, the fact that he did not have the formal schooling and education required to write such works, and the evidence of no claim to fame on his own behalf show that Shakespeare had nothing at all to do with “his” plays. In all, there is no reason to believe that William Shakespeare was the great poet that he is recognized to be.
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