WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – THE LEGEND LIVES ON
Shakespeare stands out alone, both in his own age when so many were drawn to the form and circumstances were favourable to this kind genius, and in all English literature, as the one great and genuine dramatic poet.
----- Sri Aurobindo
Centuries have passed after his death, but there is none to outweigh Shakespeare in his genius. This is certainly an astonishing fact. A person with fourteen years of formal education and with no academic ambition creating an epoch is a rare phenomenon. Shakespeare is one such person. Is Shakespeare an enigma? How was it possible for him to scale great heights with no academic back up? These queries have always been lingering in my mind. My queries found reply in Sri Aurobindo’s writings. I am compelled to incorporate some of his ideas in this paper because I accede whole heartedly to his estimation of the great literary figure.
The age to which Shakespeare belonged called the Elizabethan Age/Shakespearean Age is termed The Golden Age of English Literature .It is so called because rapid literary advancements took place during this period .Sri Aurobindo points out that the age suffered from certain inadequacies which made it inferior to
Desdemona is certainly an exceptional woman . His "inner dramatic method"tm is the secret behind his enormous success. Moreover he sows the seed of catastrophe by saying "Look to her , Moor , if thou hast eyes to see: She has deceived her father , and may thee ". She envisages Othello as a courageous , romantic adventurer . Shakespeare"tms genius lies in his "artistic intuitive skill " and his capacity for "spontaneous creation"tm. The downfall of the hero affects the entire nation. Through these heroic struggles the spiritual potentiality of man is brought to light. That"tms why the Indian poet Kalidasa who also wrote out of intuition is referred as the Shakespeare of India. Character is destiny is the backbone of all Shakespearean tragedies. But there is another point to note . Desdemona is wholly good and her suffering is contrary to her good virtues. That is the speciality about the dramatist. These are the words of an agonized father .