William Shakespeare. The name conjures up tragedies of Romeo and Juliet and Othello. There is so much to this wonderful writer who romanced East and West in his peregrinations of the mind. There are even those who believe it is impossible to completely imitate him. He was one of a kind. Once Nature made Shakespeare, it broke the die. But there are questions and queries that continue to nag theorists as to what sort of a man he really was.
A team of paleontologists have got together and sought permission from the Church of England to dig Shakespeare’s grave. They will examine his remains in order to search for answers to pertinent questions. After all there still remain questions of authenticity and identity. Some say he was an Arab Chieftain who was adept at poetry. Others are skeptical of ascribing a single agent to all the varied writings.
The scientists will examine the bones and decomposed tissue and attempt to piece together the clues. All the ailments of the writer along with the accident or natural disease that led to his death will be determined this way. No stone will be left unturned (no pun intended) to ascertain what sort of life Shakespeare led. Of course, not all facts will come to light. Some things will still remain a mystery.
One of the things that are already being said with confidence is that the great writer wrote under the influence. No, we are not just talking of alcohol, the creative secret of the West, but of cannabis, that hallucinogenic drug. Yes, you heard right. The drug has been found in Shakespeare’s pipes thereby confirming the rumor that he took intoxicants to enhance his creativity. While not very encouraging such facts bring the writer’s hidden life closer to our own lives in more ways than we would like to admit.