If Shakespeare had died in the plague of 1594 at the age of 30, his name would be that of a promising playwright who had achieved less than Marlowe. However, the four plays he wrote for the reopened theatres are less crude, more conscious; their writing and shaping more careful and consistent. He had completed two accomplished long poems, and the new plays have richer poetic dimensions than their predecessors. Indeed, these four plays are sometimes called, for want of a better term, lyrical.
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- Poetic Dramatist
Prof. Michael Alexander
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