Did he visit Verona?

Prompt  ….

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Joy Pixley. Thank you Joy!

Shakespeare had a really long poem by Arthur Brooke titled, ‘The tragical history of Romeus and Juliet’ – a tale of Verona’s ill-fated lovers,  before he started writing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ around 1596.
Plagiarism check softwares are devised to match two set of texts  and designed to answer a simple question  – Did person ‘A’ use work from someone else?  It cannot make judgments about proper citation, coincidence, or malice.
I consider all the charges of plagiarism against the Bard – absurd with capital A. He did use already known  plots and stories for his dramas but then there are only seven basic plots in world and all fiction revolves around them. What interested me more at the Verona convention on Bard was – Who actually was William Shakespeare and did he ever visit Verona?
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17 thoughts on “Did he visit Verona?

  1. Wonderful and unique take on the prompt. I’ve heard that about Shakespeare myself. I don’t know if there are just 7 plot types (or if that was for your story) but I do know good literature often shares certain characteristics. Your question at the end is very good, and funny. We don’t know if he was actually in Verona do we? Like us, if he knew about a place, he could write about it. Who he was? An even bigger mystery.

  2. I agree with you about all these theories about who wrote Shakespeare and did he plagerise, all nonsense. The point should be the plays are masterpieces! Nice take on the prompt.

  3. Yeah, the Oxford this year is floating Christopher Marlowe as the author of (I think, all) the ‘Henry’ plays. That would be interesting—if I’m not misremembering, one of the best-loved and most enduring characters in Shakespeare, if not all literature, appears first or at least prominently in the Henry plays. And that is Falstaff.
    Anyway, I love the story, YS. Much remains to be known about Shakespeare, if it ever will be known. YS, you might also like to look up the Folger Library’s new exhibit; it’s called something like “Will and Jane,” and my husband attended recently and said it was fascinating (he also brought back some ephemera about it). Let me know if you need the link. Well, have a wonderful weekend and keep on writing, as ever!

    • So true the word ‘fallstaffian’ has become an adjective for fat, jolly and debauch.
      I am happy that you liked the post. I am familiar with the site and shall read more about what they have to say about the Bard and Jane Austen.
      Thank you for the read and the interest. 🙂

  4. Don’t know any writers who don’t used those seven basic plots, Shakespeare or Marlow the plays are great, lets love them and leave who wrote them to scholars to argue over, it keeps the scholars in work.🙂🙂🙂

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