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William Shakespeare’s Audience

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Sub Topics: the poets lived to please and they must please to live- discuss in reference to William Shakespeare

Key Words: Jonson, epigram, playwright, Shakespeare, entertainer, spectators, career, company of actors and vulgar spectators, profession

It was Jonson who said that the poets lived to please and they must please to live. There is no truer truism than this epigram. A dramatist particularly must either please or perish. He cannot wait like the novelist or other sorts of artists for the verdict of posterity. The present is his immediate concern and he must for his sheer survival as a playwright make his peace with the popular tastes and habits. Shakespeare was undoubtedly a popular playwright and a great entertainer of his spectators on whose patronage he and his company depended for their fortune and prosperity.
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