Friday, July 20, 2007

Shakespeare and Italy

The Bard's plays that are partly or wholly set in Italy: All's well that ends well, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Much ado about Nothing, Othello, Romeo and Juliet (inset, statue of Juliet in Verona), The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter's Tale. The Tempest features Italian expatriates.

The silly billies who maintain that Shakespeare wasn't written by Shakespeare sometimes use his knowledge of Italy as evidence. Pshaw! It is the characteristic of a genius, whether literary or scientific, to garner the essence of things with little or no exposure to them.