Was Shakespeare unprecedented? Was his wit and devilishly slick tongue unheard of before him?
I just can't imagine how one could come up with his plays and poems at the time. His approach to life and art is far too modern to be true.
If you've read Juvenal and Chaucer, it will seem less unprecedented...
If I would compare Jonson with Shakespeare, I must acknowledge him the more correct poet, but Shakespeare the greater wit. Shakespeare was the Homer, or father of our dramatic poets; Jonson was the Virgil, the pattern of elaborate writing: I admire him, but I love Shakespeare.
>mfw Shakespeare invented the human as he know it today
>mfw literally every one of your inner most thoughts is wrapped up in Shakespeare's creations