To introduce a class entitled " Shakespeare Rocks " Shakespeare is simply the greatest poet and dramatist of all time . His truths are universal and resonate with the many themes that seek to explore insights into the human condition . Shakespeare is as relevant today as he was in the C16 and C17 . John Bell says it best - " We must not allow Shakespeare to become simply a lovely antique ". I have taught English and English Literature for 35 years and thus feel highly qualified to embark on this voyage .