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View Poll Results: Would you touch this man's bones?
Yes 6 60.00%
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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(AP) LONDON - Fix the gravesite. But don't touch the bones.

That's the work order, in a nutshell, for brave architects contemplating a fixup job for the deteriorating gravesite of William Shakespeare at the Holy Trinity Church in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.

NewsChannel 5.com - Nashville, Tennessee - Shakespeare's Gravesite To Be Fixed Despite Curse
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Old 05-31-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: SW France
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I found this story interesting as I work at a place closely associated with Shakespeare.

His statue adorns the front hall.
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I don't believe in curses but I do believe in treating the remains with respect. I would think that Shakespeare would want his grave kept in a respectable fashion.
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Old 05-31-2008, 04:07 PM
 
Location: in my house
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Curses are hogwash. People rationalize such "voodoo and magic" in their minds and actively seek negative occurrences throughout their day to attribute to the "curse"

Even so, why would anyone want to touch the bones?
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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"Blest be he who tends these stones,
but curst be he who moves my bones"

Case closed-no curse for maintainance, just for someone who moves the remains.

Look what happened to Poe-he was moved from his original grave to a magnificent tomb....or was he?

No one is certain that the body unearthed and moved was actually Poe, his was a poor burial, and not well identified-just a simple wooden box.

Graves are forever-let them be!
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Old 06-02-2008, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I have no desire to touch Shakespeare's bones but not because of a so called curse. I would have no problem touching his bones if it was part of a forensic-archaeological research and there was a purpose for the intrusion on his remains however.

Who knows, his bones might impart a bit of his literary genius on me !
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I am all for the restoration of monuments to the dead, with complete respect for his wishes not to be disturbed, unless of course there was a controversy as to who is really in the grave. As for curses, I believe there are spirits out there that have the skill to cause a person to have a bad day for sure. I am thinking Shakespeare knew of the removals of relics of Saints and Royals in turbulent times, and wished to rest in peace in one place, and thus maybe he coined the phrase "A baby's gotta do what a baby's gotta do", although he would have put that more eloquently ~^*^~
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Old 06-02-2008, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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all i will say is that when things go wrong it helps to blame it on something
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Old 06-02-2008, 11:56 AM
 
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IIRC, there is some thought that the curse was directed against his wife, as he thought she might try to have his grave moved.
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