In a prefatory epistle to his translation, he dedicates his labour to Charles Fleetwood, the manager of Drury Lane and pioneering Bardolater
who in 1741 erected the monument to Shakespeare that still stands in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.
I guess you have to be a genuine Bardolater
to get into the spirit of the thing, but I was really looking forward to it.
'Unlock my heart with a sonnet-key?'" Then, in reply to the irate sonnet-lover or bardolater
who quotes Wordsworth back at him, the poet replies: "'With this same key/Shakespeare unlocked his heart," once more !'/"Did Shakespeare?
He presents himself as an unrepentant aesthete, "Bloom Brontosaurus Bardolater
" "a gnostic sect of one" "a hopeless Romantic (my critical enemies would say, a sentimentalist)." Not only his enemies might argue that sentimentality makes for bad criticism.
It's as if Branagh had wanted to undo his reputation as a bardolater
Amidst the increasing political tension in Scotland which left it increasingly problematic for a socialist to dine together with dinner-jacketed bardolaters
, MacDiarmid's growing reputation amongst Scotland's heterodox literati encouraged him to sever his ties with the Burns Federation.
Later in his life Tolstoy assumed it his evangelical duty to save the poor bardolaters
from the illusion that Shakespeare was a great writer.