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On Mr WS,
by Roger Jenkins
When I consider, Mr Shakespeare, how
your legacy lives on far-
your plays command attention, even now,
your characters call across the ages.
Round the Globe, actors make familiar
the Forest of Arden, historic Rome,
Agincourt, Thebes, 12th Night’s Illyri-
inns, ships, castles. No wonder we’re at home
within your world! We recognise the truth
it holds the ear of ev’ry age, forsooth:
love, war, honour, poised ‘twixt heaven and hell.
Considering this, I rejoice, oh yes -
there’s never been anyone like WS!
Singapore, 7 April 2020
Listen to me read it
Listen to me read Sonnet 130
Listen to me read Sonnet 116
Listen to me read Sonnet 71