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Thread #166098   Message #3991225
Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
07-May-19 - 06:09 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but an appreciation of literature and the fine arts is an indication of a literary and cultured person and is perfectly consistent with not liking Shakespeare and or Dickens.

I am surprised that such a critic of England should be so uncritical of a man who was paid to write plays by a monarch of England (and Scotland) and who, for example, produced history plays which portrayed 'the spectre at the feast' in a good light precisely because the monarchs of England traced their ancestry back to him.

In my view, claiming that literary and cultured persons must as a matter of definition "appreciate" (in the sense of 'like') Shakespeare is not the mark of a literary or cultured person.