Post by Don
We are aware that Spenser, the Poet Laureat, by most accounts, was England's greatest poet, not Shakespeare, who we say was the greatest over-all writer. But it seems odd that, though the two were in London at the same time and must have visited the same circles, so little is revealed about Shakespeare in this connection.
Spenser was buried, at his own request, near the tomb of Chaucer, in Westminster Abbey. His funeral was at the expense of the Earl of Essex. The pall was held by brother poets. Mournful elegies and poems, together with the pens that wrote them, were thrown into his grave.
Did John Hart footnote where he got this info...
Kathman's entry on eulogies doesn't mention anything too special about
Spenser's funeral in 1599:
Post by Don
Gadzooks! Zounds! (late 16th century: contraction from (God)'s wounds (i.e., those of Jesus Christ on the Cross).) This "throwing into the grave" of Spenser invites us to imagine that Shakespeare attended the funeral, wrote something mournful, and threw it and his pen into the grave along with other notable literati. Where is Delia Bacon, who tried to dig up Shakespeare's grave, now that we need her to dig up Spencer and see what's in his coffin?
Wonder if playwrights such as Shakespeare would have been invited to
funerals in Westminster Abbey...
There is a poet/playwright named WILLIAM SMITH, who is
said to have been a friend of Spenser, but don't know how much
evidence there is of that exactly - maybe something like a possible
And is this bio entry of William Smith, playwright, (c. 1550–1618) by Kathman
about the same person? (I don't have access.)
William Smith's play 'St. George for England' was lost in the John Warburton
Don't know if he has any surviving plays.
Recall W.S. and W.Smith used on title pages, etc, which could
also refer to WENTWORTH SMITH, in addition to the bard:
Wentworth Smith is listed as a collaborator on many plays including
'Lady Jane, Part I',
with Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood and John Webster,
October 1602, which might be related to the extant 'Sir Thomas Wyatt'
of Dekker and Webster..
but I don't know if any others have survived.
(One lost one called 'Marshal Osric'...)