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By Arthur Gray

During this captivating and thought-provoking 1926 quantity, Arthur grey, grasp of Jesus university, Cambridge from 1912 to 1940, explored the prospect that William Shakespeare spent his early life at Polesworth corridor within the wooded area of Arden, probably serving as a web page boy. The woodland 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 ideal concentration of inventive and cultural task might have provided the younger William publicity to the best minds, an excellent schooling and worthwhile 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 modern of Shakespeare's at Polesworth.

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We do not know when he left Stratford or when he returned to live there. We do not know whether his wife and children accompanied or followed him to London. We do not know the circumstances which induced him to go thither, how he lived in those silent London years, what brought him into contact with players, or how the Stratford tradesman's son came into intimate acquaintance with the Right Honourable the Earl of Southampton. On the slight substructure of the Stratford records a monstrous fabric of fable, gossip, inference and pure surmise has been raised.

Boswell goes on to say that Johnson found little encouragement from the gentleman in London to whom he had been recommended. Shakespeare had surer prospects, for he took with him a letter of introduction to the Earl of Southampton. At least that is the probability which I hope to set up. § 10 SHAKESPEARE'S SILENCE ABOUT STRATFORD We may take it as unquestionable fact that William was born at Stratford in 1564, and had children born to him there in 1583 and 1585. Between 1564 and the date of his acquisition of New Place in 1597 42 Shakespeare's Silence about Stratford there is no recorded fact which establishes his continuous abode there.

In him is instinct the' reigning wit,' the 'wisdom' and 'royalty of nature' that were in Banquo. In the matter of satire Shakespeare leaves us in no doubt as to the principles of his dramatic art. ' There is only one poet whose character and quality are sketched for us in the Plays—the Poet of Timon of Athens. He is a base man who prostitutes his art for selfish, personal aims: 23 Does Shakespeare Rail? 'Poet. I am thinking what I shall say I have provided for him: it must be a personating of himself: a satire against the softness of prosperity, with a discovery of the infinite flatteries that follow youth and opulency.

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