Setting aside the study of his completed plays and sonnets, the pervasiveness of William Shakespeare in the English language is such that there are volumes even written about his individual turns of phrase and invented words.
While some of these phrases may be attributed to previously existing works or common usage, it is Shakespeare’s deft touch that has resulted in many new words and phrases becoming and remaining part of our current lexicon. Whether it is the beauty of his imagery, the clever and insightful use of language, or his ability to precisely describe the human condition, Shakespeare’s writing has engendered detailed study and scrutiny.
Over time, there have been scholars and experts who have questioned the true authorship of some of his works. Sir Francis Bacon and Edward de Vere the 17th Earl of Oxford are the favourite candidates, but what if it actually was just Shakespeare? What inspiration or insight in him could have resulted in such a prodigious volume of work still so revered to this day? Could there have been divine intervention that provided the impetus?
To explore this idea, on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 7pm, Dr Christopher Eriksson, M.A., PhD will be presenting a public lecture at Streetsville United Church. The talk will describe and expand upon, “the view expressed by [prominent Canadian psychiatrist] Dr Richard Maurice Bucke of London, Ontario around 1901 that whoever wrote the plays had experienced a spiritual awakening not dissimilar to that of St. Paul, Dante, Walt Whitman, and others.”
Dr Eriksson is a counsellor, biophysicist, author, and educator who has taught and conducted research in Stockholm, Montreal, Johannesburg, and Pretoria. His field of study has ranged widely, but currently he works with Community Living in Milton on a new program that helps educate and prepare young neuro-diverse adults for the workplace.
Over the course of the enlightening evening, attendees will learn many facts about the authorship of the plays and the spiritual awakening that accords with the development and potential interpretation of the sonnets. Dr Eriksson will also mix in a little modern physics, harmony and humility to round out his thoughts. As Shakespeare wrote, ‘all the world’s a stage’ so expect a fascinating and entertaining presentation by one of its worthy admirers.