Even Angels Need Experience

Posted By on February 27, 2011


Don’t look now, but it appears that  Sigmund Freud’s Shakespearean heresy that the author of Hamlet was Edward de Vere, has inspired some other dancers in the field.  With WaugamanSimpson and Wilkinson (among others)  already dancing, it looks like the psychologists are poised for “critical dance mass.”  Watch out. Don’t blink or you may open your eyes to  a veritable little cloud of psychologists — psychoanalysts, evolutionary psychologists, specialists in creativity or intuition, you name them, this is a psychologist’s dream topic — swinging to the music.

Here’s how best-selling author Sophy Burnham (and signer of the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt) puts it in her new book, The Art of Intuition: Cultivating Your Inner Wisdom:

“Nothing will persuade me that the author of those poems and plays, the man who gave us such women as Portia, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Gertrude, Ophelia, Desdemona, Cordelia, Goneril, Regan; a man who clearly had traveled widely, read copiously, and was conversant with the Bible, royal politics, aristocratic ways, the culture of the court, and the history and literature of his time; a man who, at a minimum, spoke English and French (but likely also Latin, Italian, Greek, and a smattering of other languages), was a commoner, the father of two illiterate daughters; a man whose will mentions no writings or plays and no books… whose tomb was dignified with a self-penned piece of pathetic doggerel, and whose neighbors were unaware of his having composed immortal plays. Even if Creativity is the handmaid of Intuition, even if angels are dictating from some Higher Dimension, the vessel or conduit for this work (the artist) must have the vocabulary and experience to transcribe what he hears.”   (61-62)



About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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