At Shakespeare’s feet must surely lay the blame:
the histories he gave dramatic cause
put in the mouths of persons dull and lame
an eloquence to hide their actual flaws.
With words beyond their likely frame of mind,
he put this world’s past leaders up so high
that when comparing those we can now find
we have no choice but hang our heads and cry.
Because of him, we think our world decayed,
reduced to some sad shadow of the past.
The truth is such bold speech was never made;
at least not likely by those Shakespeare cast.
What history we do know surely lacks
such citadels; they seem, in truth, mere shacks.
04 APR 2013