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Michelangelo’s vision was greater even than Shakespeare’s

On the 450th anniversary of the Italian artist’s death, we should celebrate the impact this egomaniac had on Western art

13 September 2014

9:00 AM

13 September 2014

9:00 AM

It is 450 years since the birth of William Shakespeare. The anniversary has been hard to avoid in this country, which is entirely appropriate. Shakespeare helped to shape not only our language but also our conception of character and our understanding of the human condition. Our experience of love, of facing death, of loss and of glory, contains echoes of Shakespeare, even if we hardly ever read him or see his plays.

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Alasdair Palmer has been public policy editor at the Sunday Telegraph and a speechwriter at the Home Office.

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