2. I have always considered him overrated as a playwright... Angle-Saxon ancestor worship!
His tragedies are comedic and his comedies are tragedies....and yeah I know all about his writing for the norms of his time. His historical plays are his best as far as storyline. It is the sheer beauty of his prose and poetry and his insight into human nature that are worthy of praise... I recognize that I am a minority of 1.