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What does Shakespeare say to an era that feels that the times are out of joint? He does not renounce the world or wallow in self pity. He is the poet of this worldliness. Shakespeare distills his experiences into common sense and uncommon wisdom. In the hands of lesser playwrights, nobility often rests on the splendor of the language, but beautiful lines alone may rest no further than the ear. Shakespeare speaks to the soul. He could do anything he wanted with language. The way he talks of a thing conjures up the thing itself. He packed worlds into single syllables. “To be or not to be,” is man’s largest question put in man’s smallest and simplest words.