By Arthur Gray
During this fascinating and thought-provoking 1926 quantity, Arthur grey, grasp of Jesus university, Cambridge from 1912 to 1940, explored the chance that William Shakespeare spent his early life at Polesworth corridor within the wooded area of Arden, probably serving as a web page boy. The wooded area of Arden as soon as stretched from simply north of Stratford-upon-Avon to Tamworth, and coated what's now Birmingham; Polesworth, close to Tamworth, was once the house of Sir Henry Goodere and the centre of the famed 'Polesworth Circle'. This well suited concentration of inventive and cultural job may have provided the younger William publicity to the best minds, an excellent schooling and useful introductions. Sir Henry, who obviously knew John Shakespeare in Stratford, used to be definitely consumer of many younger writers and musicians, together with the eminent Elizabethan poet, Michael Drayton. If grey is right, Drayton may were a latest of Shakespeare's at Polesworth.
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Three-fourths of them were theological: the rest were mostly such ordinary classical books as a University man might be expected to have. There were a few English books, of which Ascham's Scholemaster was the only one of any literary value. It is assumed, not without probability, by the Traditionalists, that young Shakespeare was entered at the Town Free School, and, more doubtfully, that his age at admission was seven. It is conceded by them that his father's embarrassments, beginning in the year 1577, led to his withdrawal at the age of thirteen.
655. G 33 3 Concerning Genius furnish an almost exact parallel to those of the legendary Shakespeare. The unthrift father, the huddling brothers and sisters*, the stunted education, the blacking-factory, the petty, sordid surroundings—are they not close counterparts of what we are told to believe of Stratford Shakespeare's lot? And the result? The genius of the novelist, only comparable with that of the poet, is circumscribed by the conditions of early life. For books, he knew as much, or as little, of the Decline and Fall as, in the mouths of Dr Blimber or Mr Boffin, resemble Touchstone's citation of Ovid.
24 Does Shakespeare Rail? ' Is it not rightly said of Shakespeare himself by the Poet whose aim he idealises? Idle is it to look in all that he wrote for an unkind speech against friend or enemy—if enemies he had—idle to look for any conscious reference to himself or confidences about the incidents of his life. It is not the way of the Elizabethan dramatist to inform posterity and puzzle his audience about his private concerns: it is not the way of any good Drama. In 154 Sonnets Shakespeare discourses, in every imaginable way, of friends and loves, and leaves himself and them an insoluble enigma.
A Chapter in the Early Life of Shakespeare: Polesworth in Arden by Arthur Gray