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    The lyrics may not be as poetic as Shakespeare, but they're quite fun.

    The lyrics may not be as poetic as Shakespeare, but they're quite fun. (Live ABC - Advanced Vocabulary Builder for English Exams)
    Is this sentence correct? I think "Shakespeare" is incorrect, and the correct word should be "Shakespeare's works". Am I right? Thanks!

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    Re: The lyrics may not be as poetic as Shakespeare, but they're quite fun.

    No. In that sentence, Shakespeare means Shakespeare's works.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The lyrics may not be as poetic as Shakespeare, but they're quite fun.

    Right. We don't say "I'm reading Shakespeare's works." We say "I'm reading Shakespeare."

    It doesn't mean we're reading his tattoos. It means we're reading his writing.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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