Art thou shakespearienced?
With explanatory footnotes
Act I, scene I
Two scholars in front of William Shakespeare's grave *
— Bottoms up! To Will, or not to Will.
— To William, who ever you might be!
— To Shakspeare or however it was wrote **
— A Frances or a Bacon ***or just some other scribbler.
— One Looney (J.T.)*** said he was Edward (de Vere).*****
— Was he, or was he not?
— Many scholars had their say.
— Some say he was a cunning spy. ******
— Many others were. So what.
— (Was that a question?)
— He left his words to the world.
— Yet blotted out himself. So few traces,
but alas so many leads. Not a draft,
not a shoestring, just five suspicious signatures.
— We know his face; the balding bard,
— But is that really him, I beg to differ!
— These portraits were all done when he,
Whoever who, was dead and gone.
— So rise up, dead or not, ghost or fathom