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Prose Before Hoes

Shakespeare, many think he is one of the, if not the greatest writers to live, however, Samuel Taylor Coleridge thought he was a dirty, rat bastard.  In 1815, Coleridge (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner though you probably remember him because his name was said in Finding Forrester) tried to ban all of Billy’s works throughout England because he found them crude and vulgar.  Did Coleridge’s attempts get the bard barred?  Coleridge’s efforts actually had the opposite effect: the attention led to the first real academic interest in Shakespeare.  So now you know why you have to read a tale about two stupid teenagers falling in love in three days and killing themselves because the friar and apothecary were morons. 

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