Hands down, Shakespeare is one of my favorite authors of all times. I find it quite obvious that the timeless appeal of his plays and poems have earned him a permanent place in the highest echelons of literary achievement. I have read his works time and again, and watched some of his plays. In fact, Macbeth is one of my favorites—the dark themes, ageless truths about human nature, and writing wizardly that no one else but Shakespeare could manage all come together to make me glad that the work of such a larger-than-life artist is part of our history.
My admiration for Shakespearean literature aside, I am aware that some people dispute the fact that Shakespeare was responsible for his brilliant works, and there are theories to prove it. The Oxfordian theory boasts of the largest following among this group of people. Some of its claims in contradiction to Shakespearean authorship are noteworthy, and not even avid Shakespeare fans like myself can remain blind to the potential truths that belie them.
Still, while some of the Oxfordian theory’s claims might be true, many of them also seem to do it lots of injustice. For instance, there is an argument to be made about the continued publication of Shakespeare’s works after he had passed on, with some of his poems clearly getting published after his death in 1616. While this clearly indicates that other parties might have played a role in the creation of the literary masterpieces we have come to accept as the works of Shakespeare, it also proves that Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, would have been responsible for an even lesser quantity of works himself, having died more than a decade before Shakespeare in 1604.
The Shakespeare authorship question came up in the 1920s in England. Then the Shakespeare Fellowship took the baton from there and decided to be the society upon which theorists in support of the Shakespearean authorship question could rally around and promote their controversial views. Later on, the organization adopted the Oxfordian theory and changed into the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship to reflect its revised ideological standpoint. However, I find the central argument of this organization quite ridiculous (that Edward de Vere was the person who wrote Shakespearean works with “William Shakespeare” as his pen name).
This is quite a reach if you ask me. William Shakespeare never changed his name throughout his life. In fact, Shakespeare was his father’s name. And the arguments that he did not have the upbringing to have the all-round knowledge that typifies his work is equally frivolous in my opinion. He may not have had top-notch learning by the day’s standards, but he did have a social life that allowed him to know about the aristocratic life he often wrote about. His acting group, which relied on his work, was able to win the admiration of the day’s elite, to the point of making him affluent and an active member of the day’s high society. Who but a true genius could manage such a feat? And if I may point this out, other works by Edward de Vere indicate a substantially inferior writing skill to the works he apparently wrote under the “Shakespeare” alias.
As far as I’m concerned, Shakespeare is the genuine article, and the evidence proving that is overwhelming. The fact that the quality of his work remained consistent up until his death indicates that for all the controversies regarding Shakespeare’s authorship, Edward de Vere could certainly not have been the author. There is also evidence that works published after his death in his name ended up showing inconsistencies when compared to the works he completed before his death, which, again, shows that he was truly the author of the literary pieces that have rightly helped curve his name in the annals of history.
Shakespeare and Finish Line Shoes
It’s not happy coincident that, as someone who sees Shakespeare as the true creator of the Shakespearean works, I am quite proud to flaunt my admiration for his work. In fact, I got myself a pair of Men’s Lacoste Shakespeare Tech Athletic Casual Shoes in honor of the Bard of Avon. The shoe is available from Finish Line, an athletic shoe store with more than 650 stores in the US. The shoe has a classic look, a fitting tribute to Shakespeare’s classic literature, as well as a modern feel. With Finish Line, the benefits went a little further, thanks to Finish Line coupons 20 off which helped shave off part of the cost.
This particular shoe spots a leather upper and a rubber outsole. Its great styling and comfortable design ensures you can wear this shoe casually with pride and remain comfortable the entire time. Through a few subtle stylistic tweaks, the Lacoste Shakespeare shoe is able to earn lingering looks and appreciation for its simplistic sophistication. At the moment, few things make me as proud to be a fan of Shakespeare’s works as this shoe does.