The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Heretofore Unmentioned #108

William Shakespeare


Gwyllm said...

Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck;
And yet methinks I have Astronomy,
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons' quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain and wind,
Or say with princes if it shall go well
By oft predict that I in heaven find:
But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And, constant stars, in them I read such art
As truth and beauty shall together thrive,
If from thyself, to store thou wouldst convert;
Or else of thee this I prognosticate:
Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.

Testify said...

Known as the Chandos portrait (c1610) this is regarded by The National Gallery as an authentic portrait of Shakespeare by John Taylor done during his lifetime. Peter Ackroyd in his biog of the Bard writes of this portrait "It was once suggested, half in earnest, that it was Shakespeare dressed to play Shylock. The painting itself has a long and complicated history which is to say that its provenance is uncertain"

TooMuchTime said...

As I recall, this was renamed "Portrait of an unknown man" because no one knows just what William Shakspeare looked like.

And yes, it's Shakspeare. Not Shakespeare. The only document ever found in his own hand is his last will and testament and the name is spelled "Shakspeare." And even that has additions not in Shakspeare's writing.

Shake-Speare was the name used when the poem Venus and Adonis was first published in 1593. Hyphenated and with no first name. Shakspeare is not Shake-Speare. They are two different people.

If you must have a picture, I suggest this one.