Shakespeare: first contact
It’s an agreed national ethic that we don’t like Shakespeare. In general knowledge quizzes, the Shakespeare question is left until last and finally approached with a sheepish grin; knowing nothing about Shakespeare is something to be proud of. Children who have never read or seen him groan at the mention of his name. In this respect, Shakespeare is the maths of English. He is also the only compulsory author in the English National Curriculum.