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rons Thanks America
07/08/13 12:47 pm

I was in his house in Stratford upon Avon. Mommy and Daddy had money. Nice digs! So he had the time to write I guess.

demchair Salem, VA
07/07/13 12:03 am

I like Christopher Marlowe better...

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8BitBuster Ny
07/05/13 10:35 pm

It's awesome, good source of wisdom.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
07/05/13 3:58 pm

Shakespeare + Laurence Oliver = totally awesome!

ZestOfClementine Ye Olde 802
07/04/13 1:57 pm

I have heard he might not have written many of his plays. Not sure whether to believe it or not.

zachery1124 indiana
07/04/13 11:16 am

I really loved shakespeare's play julius caesar! When my teacher announced that's is what we going to read are last semester I was ecstatic!

l1f3 places
07/04/13 9:49 am

He is no god of English literature but he certainly is entertaining.

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dahawwl Texas
07/04/13 6:09 am

Age, income, state, sex all seem to have about the same percentage. The only big difference is Rep vs Dem...I wonder why that is?

angiebrite Gallifrey
07/04/13 5:42 am

I've noticed many people who don't like it" just don't understand how complex and beautiful it is.

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whyimrite
07/04/13 1:17 am

he's overrated if you don't know what is happening in the stories and think the message is what the teachers tell you in school

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JPolgarFan
07/03/13 5:05 pm

Of course republicans say he is overrated.

lilandyben
07/03/13 8:00 pm

Why would you even say that?

qwerty13
07/03/13 4:27 pm

For those of you that say overrated, I would like to see you write plays using almost entirely iambic pentameter.

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minnema Minneapolis MN
07/03/13 3:32 pm

But most cities have theaters that will stage classics now and then. No need to read em!

cornybread The Large Malus Fruit
07/03/13 2:31 pm

If you haven't read more than one or two of Shakespeare's works then you shouldn't be talking.

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weird4
07/03/13 1:30 pm

To be or not to be? That is the question.

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Evseng2
07/03/13 2:53 pm

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune

Evseng2
07/03/13 2:54 pm

If that stops someone.. Something wrong with their brain

BadUsername
07/03/13 12:31 pm

He actually didn't even write all the stories that say he's the author, he just took credit for them. *cough* *cough* overrated...

princesslaura
07/03/13 12:43 pm

Only snooty high class people say that because he didn't go to college and think you have to go to college to be intellectual

BadUsername
07/03/13 12:49 pm

Well I didn't even know he didn't go to college but thanks for proving my point

princesslaura
07/03/13 1:18 pm

How did I prove your point? Was just saying why majority of people believe that

Evseng2
07/03/13 2:55 pm

Doesn't prove your point. Steve Jobs didn't go to college.. I bet you're on an apple product.
So it has nothing to do with anything

bigevs44 Washington
07/03/13 12:20 pm

Answered yes just on his contributions to English alone. Say what you want about his stories (which I thought were usually great), he's an important guy!

bigevs44 Washington
07/03/13 12:21 pm

Even if he was a bit of a perv!

Evseng2
07/03/13 12:37 pm

Are you kidding? A perv? That's how things were back then.. Stop being so uptight

bigevs44 Washington
07/03/13 12:50 pm

And that my friend. Was not meant to be taken seriously.

Evseng2
07/03/13 2:52 pm

There are crazies who believe that and think people back then were immoral.. So forgive me

jvdhdh
07/03/13 11:54 am

When every high school studies you you are amazing

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kida
07/03/13 9:52 am

The more appropriate question would be 'who actually read Shakespeare?' I'm assuming that most of the 'no' votes are coming from people who didn't enjoy reading R&J in high school and never bothered to read any of his other, greater works

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Evseng2
07/03/13 10:38 am

Can't just assume that,

Evseng2
07/03/13 9:36 am

Hamlet...
Enough said. Great Book!!

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boboli
07/03/13 10:34 am

Am I the only one who felt the need to watch the Lion King after reading Hamlet?

Evseng2
07/03/13 10:38 am

Lion king is hamlet so no. Haha

Evseng2
07/03/13 12:36 pm

Play* caught that typo

pweeks33
07/03/13 9:22 am

Although Romeo and Juliet is a staple of high school English, I would urge anyone who said 'overrated' to read or see a production of one of his truly masterful works. Most scholars cite Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Richard III as his best works.

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kida
07/03/13 9:47 am

Agreed. You can't have a proper opinion on Shakespeare until reading the great tragedies

Michael Updating...
07/03/13 9:18 am

I initially voted overrated, then remembered the insane amount of contributions he made. The man invented over 1700 words.. Many of which we still use. Invincible, impartial, tranquil, gnarled, obscene, amazement. All Shakespeare.

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CallMeSmith The Tardis
07/03/13 9:12 am

It's easy to sound awesome when thou sentence doth no freakin sense make.

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MPL9 Louisville, Ohio
07/03/13 8:01 am

"No, sir, i do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but i do bite my thumb sir." Favorite quote ever

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ladyniner81 I hate people
07/03/13 7:26 am

When you read it, it's confusing and strange. But when you hear it, it's brilliant.

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sneuby Philadelphia
07/03/13 6:51 am

You can call him overrated when you can write in sonnets and invent your own language and create THE universal themes that practically every story is based on...

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logophile Florida
07/03/13 6:23 am

People say that Shakespeare is cliche and overrated but what they don't realize is that he IS the original. Many, many works of literature are based on his themes. It's the works that are more modern and contain HIS themes that we should call cliche.

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jhug District 12
07/03/13 5:55 am

I've only read Romeo and Juliet. I thought the plot in itself was overrated but the way he wrote it was amazing.

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boboli
07/03/13 10:36 am

Did you know that when he began it he was intending it to be a comedy?

mac Oregon
07/03/13 5:53 am

Bill only sets the bar and creates the foundation of all literature and theater in the Western Hemisphere, if not influencing all writings in the world since. How could anyone say overrated? Wow peeps, Comp 101, Lit 101, World History 101?

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mac Oregon
07/03/13 5:54 am

Oops forgot, education and global understandings are the enemy for many here...

blckxcellence
07/03/13 4:59 am

Probably the greatest writer to ever have lived

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Congressman Louisiana
07/03/13 4:14 am

Anyone who voted overrated has neither appreciation nor the brain cells required for classical literature.

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suppressedID Happy Year of Tiger
07/03/13 9:38 am

Don't be mean to the Republicans. (Those numbers were surprising)

princesslaura
07/03/13 1:50 am

I thought Romeo and Juliet was overrated but once you think about it and see that the story is about young love and not true love and how well he was able to write teenagers you can enjoy it more

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princesslaura
07/03/13 1:54 am

I mean we all killed our high school sweethearts "other choice" didn't we?

bnnt Los Angeles
07/03/13 12:03 am

As I get older, my appreciation if his work goes up.

Gunfighter
07/02/13 11:05 pm

He stole most of his works from earlier writers, and none of his stories are particularly remarkable. They also have no literal or allegorical relevance to modern society.

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SugarShaq
07/02/13 11:18 pm

West Side Story, a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Laurents, Bernstein, Sondheim, Robbins. Pure genius

Evseng2
07/03/13 9:38 am

Gun.. Didn't steal his work for anyone.

And most stories back then have little relevance now.

The man was a literary genius

boboli
07/03/13 10:38 am

How was he supposed to write them to have allegorical significance to modern society when he didn't know how the world would change in 500 years! They had allegorical significance to his time period and are still fascinating.

SugarShaq
07/03/13 12:18 pm

There point is, human nature is what it is and overall the world doesn't change much

Evseng2
07/03/13 12:36 pm

I wasn't siding with gunfighter.

But if he thinks he'd be better than he can write several plays and we'll see what relevance it had in 500 years

MrFree Bend, OR
07/02/13 10:31 pm

some of his plays id view as a bit over rated, but most of them are so interesting and have spawned amazing quotes

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ganelcecile Reno, Nv
07/02/13 10:22 pm

He INVENTED words and phrases we still use today. Shakespeare is the man!!!

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SaintAnger sumkindamonster
07/02/13 10:06 pm

Mostly overrated. My favorite book is Hamlet though.

Ehsujdjsbsn
07/02/13 9:58 pm

Shall thou Speak Against great omighty shaskphere

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Ehsujdjsbsn
07/02/13 9:58 pm

That's how he would say it

hgyhgvho Indiana
07/02/13 9:56 pm

What fools these mortals be!

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raccoon1 SoCal
07/02/13 9:51 pm

Charles and Mary Lamb have a book retelling all the stories. They used to tell them to the people who could not afford a ticket to the plays! Great book to get all the plots in understandable terms!

Statek Im from the Internet
07/02/13 9:23 pm

Just saying, Shakespeare may not have even been the William Shakespeare from Stratford upon Avon
There's actually a ton of evidence for it being someone else
So this question would include the works attributed to "Shakespeare"

SugarShaq
07/02/13 8:58 pm

If you say overrated, don't use any of the following expressions:

It's Greek to me/Forever and a day/We have seen better days/My minds eye/Off with his head/Love is blind/What is in a name/He eats me out of house and home /I won't budge an inch

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Statek Im from the Internet
07/02/13 9:21 pm

Amazingly, those aren't all in my top phrases, don't know how I can stop using them
:P

Zack100 Tatooine
07/02/13 9:43 pm

Dont forget! He invented the word bubble and a bunch of other curse words.

SugarShaq
07/02/13 9:46 pm

"Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn, and caldron bubble."

Mattwall1
07/02/13 10:47 pm

Add about 100 more

SugarShaq
07/02/13 11:21 pm

All that glitters is not gold

angiebrite Gallifrey
07/04/13 5:49 am

How about "eyeball". There is no record of that work existing before he wrote it down

UrGirlfriendz New Jersey
07/02/13 8:50 pm

I don't like him because I don't care for his works. While they are well written, they simply don't interest me, and for that reason I hate reading them.

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tcadez Minnesnowta
07/02/13 9:08 pm

What about watching them? Have you ever seen one?

tcadez Minnesnowta
07/02/13 9:08 pm

Live in a theatre, I should specify. There are some good movies, but it's not the same.

UrGirlfriendz New Jersey
07/02/13 9:43 pm

I can't say I have, but I feel like it would give the story more character as a live show. The only movies I have seen though are the 60's Romeo & Juliet and the Leonardo DiCaprio version, if you'd count that.

tcadez Minnesnowta
07/02/13 9:49 pm

Oof. I really don't like the DiCaprio one and the Zepherelli (60's one) is not very good either. And Romeo and Juliet is not his best either. If you get the chance to see a play, I'd highly recommend it. It does help.

katbug32899 okie country
07/02/13 8:49 pm

shall I compare thee to a summers day? thou art more lovely and more temperate. rough winds do shake the darling buds of may, and summers lease hath all too short a date. sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines and often is his gold complextion dimmed.... that's all I have memorized.

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azpride Arizona
07/02/13 8:46 pm

His words can have so many other meaning besides what is just written on the paper and it is beautifully written. An excellent high school English teacher spending weeks on one play has made me a true fan. It was my favorite semester of high school by far.

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