Sunday, April 09, 2017

A Dirk of the Mind

I've lately been given to understand
That Shakespeare wrote less of his well known plays
Than we had thought; that slashing, jocund band
Of Marlowe-ites saw through that Avon haze
To truths, so obvious to them alone:
Poor William, that uneducated wheeze!
They worked their brains and fingers to the bone
To prove it, and some scholar now agrees.
Did they check Fletcher's, Greene's, and Marlowe's work
For how much our Sweet William might have done?
Who uses "dagger" oftener than "dirk"?
Who thinks pastiche and mimicry are fun?
I don't believe I know the answers here,
But 1616 was a lousy year.


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