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Finnegans Wake: All the World's a Stage

InJamesJoyce'sVISion,anartististhegodandcreatorofhisown worlds-"AfterGod,Shakespearehascreatedmost"(U212),asJohnEglinton asserts(quotingDumaspere)-whileGodisbutaverymajorartist,"the playwrightwhowrotethefolioofthisworld"("andwroteitbadly,"Stephen Dedalusadds;U213).InFinnegansWake,Joyceconfirmsandrestatesthis notion,referringtoShakespeareas"GreatShapesphere"(295.4).ToJoyce,artist andgodwereequivalent-thequintessentialartistwasthegreatestbardofall, thelordoflanguageathisGlobe.'