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The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary L. Blackwood
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Mar 01, 09

Read in February, 2009

This is like stealing
away to the circus
Poor underprivileged orphan
is apprenticed to a master
who beats him
into learning a primitive shorthand
Then sends him off
to the Globe Theatre
to the stageplay
of Shakespeare's Hamlet
Somehow he winds up
as an actor
maybe because
the actors are like a family
Best parts are
the historical references
Boys taking female parts
London's sewer ditches
The apprentice system
The Globe itself
with its thatched roof
Wherrying across
not the Mercy but the Thames
My Kindle dictionary
even knew a few of the archaisms
The story carries you along
but the ending
is probably sculpted
for the Grade 4-7A crowd
whatever that is
Meaning an adult
I guess
is going to say
What the @#$%?
and give it only 3 stars
instead of four

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