Dean Owen in Professions, Workers, Careers, beBee in English, College Brand Ambassador Jul 7, 2016 · 2 min read · 5.7K

By Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! What the Dickens! But me no buts!

By Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! What the Dickens! But me no buts!

Let’s kick this off with an incredible but short video that demonstrates very eloquently how 16th Century Bard, William Shakespeare, has become so ingrained in our lives.

By Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! What the Dickens! But me no buts!

Did you know that Shakespeare used around 29,000 different words to pen 37 plays 154 sonnets. Impressive? Well as it turns out it is pretty average. A college educated person can have a vocabulary as large as 80,000. Shakespeare never attended college.

What that tells me is that you, or I, have the power to be Shakespeare.

What little we know of his life is that he blazed his own path and was quite the entrepreneur. Born the son of a glovemaker, farmer, and once Mayor of Stratford upon Avon, William married Anne Hathaway at 18 and had three children one of whom died at age 11. He perhaps moved to London in the late 1580’s to start a career as an actor in theatre. He did most of his writings in the 1590’s, and in 1599 set up the largest open-air amphitheater, the Globe. His Company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men changed it’s name to The King’s Men when King James became it’s patron in 1603. Shakespeare died, age 52, in 1616.

His lack of higher education has led some to speculate to this day whether or not in fact Shakespeare did author his plays, or was it perhaps someone like Christopher Marlowe. On the 30th May 1593, Marlowe who was then England’s most popular playwright, was found dead on a street in the suburbs of London. Coincidence that Shakespeare shoots to fame shortly thereafter? Marlowe, the Cambridge scholar, was certainly better equipped to pen masterpieces. Shakespeare would no doubt have studied Greek and Latin at school, but it is unlikely he could speak French and Italian, languages he must have known to have written his plays. Marlowe on the other hand was a Cambridge scholar, and also well versed in European languages having spent time in France.

Conspiracy theories aside, William Shakespeare’s works are the most quoted works of English literature.

Will we ever see the likes of Shakespeare again?

We have unprecedented access to knowledge. We are better educated. We have tools to write, format, publish. The odds are likely. But can you name a modern day counterpart? Do you know any author who could pen a 5 minute soliloquy that is a fraction as compelling as Richard III “Now is the winter of our discontent”, or King Lear’s “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!”

Is it perhaps that the unbridled access to knowledge – knowledge at our fingertips, has handicapped our imagination and thwarted our creativity. Is it that the technology of media is so advanced, so visceral that the use of visual effects, props, lighting has taken away our focus on the written word?

I leave you with the brilliant Ralph Fiennes playing Richard III “I can add colours to the chameleon”

By Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! What the Dickens! But me no buts!

And finally Damian Lewis as Antony in Julius Ceasar “Friends, Romans, countrymen”

By Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! What the Dickens! But me no buts!

Just remember, “even if you bid me good riddance and send me packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then - by Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! For goodness' sake! What the dickens! But me no buts! - it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare.”

Dean Owen is Co-Founder of Quimojo, a revolutionary new concept in Global Campus Recruitment.

Randall Burns Apr 26, 2017 · #54

Great post @Dean Owen, did you know that Sir Winston Churchill's vocabulary has been estimated at 150,000 words? He was a genius.

Lyon Brave Apr 1, 2017 · #53

ready for an interview @Dean Owen

Aleta Curry Jan 16, 2017 · #52

My habit of not doing things by halves began early, and once, while still very young, I contracted Malaria and severe Tonsillitis at the same time. I was, as you can imagine, a very sick little girl indeed, but one of the things I bless my mother for was reading aloud to me while I was in hospital. Her choice was a book of Shakespeare's plays, abridged and written in modern English in narrative form. I can still remember that the first story was 'The Comedy of Errors' and ill as I was, I remember laughing and laughing till I forgot the pain.

It was a long recovery, but later I didn't remember the hardship, I just remembered my mother's voice reading to me. Later still I became quite the Shakespeare fan.

Thanks for stirring a lovely memory, @Dean Owen

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Dean Owen Sep 18, 2016 · #51

#50 He plays the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Nick Mlatchkov Sep 18, 2016 · #50

Dean what's Derek Jacobi's character in 'King's...' ?

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Dean Owen Sep 7, 2016 · #49

#46 I remember as a child watching Mike Hammer and some program mentioned Stacy Keach was a Thespian. I could not fathom that this rough looking American gangster type figure from the South could be anything resembling a Thespian, but later discovered some works that displayed serious acting talent. Your stint at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival sounds like the perfect job. I recently read Cymbeline for the first time - also the first time I have been disappointed.

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Lisa Gallagher Sep 7, 2016 · #48

#47 Interesting! I have seen the Gladiator and The Kings Speech, but my memory with names is not good. He could be right considering the odd circumstances. I found this because it popped up on my buzz :))

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Dean Owen Sep 7, 2016 · #47

#44 Surprised to see this one resurface. In actual fact Marlowe is just one of a number of contenders. Prominent and brilliant Thespian Sir Derek Jacobi is of the camp that propose that the works of Shakespeare were actually penned by the 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere. If you are not familiar with Shakespearean plays you might know Jacobi from his roles in movies like Gladiator and The King's Speech. He argues that the Earl used Shakespeare as a front man as it was not right for a nobleman to be seen as a "common playwright".

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