If Shakespeare were alive, how would he write
today, possessing the same intellect
and gift for words, and spiritual insight,
and would he have the same profound effect?
I am afraid he’d find no audience
who’d tolerate the liberties he’d take
in shaping language eloquent and dense
that to our unschooled ears would sound opaque.
And yet his classic plays are still revered,
still studied in our schools and colleges,
and over centuries they have endeared
themselves to us—we know what Hamlet says!
So long as it be trippingly performed,
our minds will lighten and our hearts be warmed.