April, the month of Shakespeare! We often don’t realize how much Shakespeare has influenced not only literature, but the English language itself. Besides the iconic Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth plays, he gave us words like “lonely”, “flawed”, and
In honor of the influence he has had in history and the arts, one blog post per week will celebrate some aspect about or relating to Shakespeare.
To begin, it’s best to know a little more behind the man himself.
Born in England, Shakespeare’s actual birthday is unknown, but it is widely believed he was born on the 23rd of April in 1564. Because of his family’s status at that time, he was able to attend a well-known school, which is probably where he first gained an appreciation for literature and writing.
It is known that he married a woman named Anne Hathaway and had a few children with her, however not much else is fully known about this aspect of his life.
As time went on, he became a prominent figure in writing plays and performing in them. His first play, Henry VI, Part 1, told of the life of King Henry VI. Shakespeare eventually became so popular that he, along with others, opened the Globe Theatre. He continued to write plays and sonnets until his death in 1616.
As Robert Graves said, “The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good – in spite of all the people who say he is very good.” It seems that we often praise an overrated writer because it’s a popular thing to do, but just as Graves states, Shakespeare is good, Shakespeare is not overrated. He has stood the test of time and will continue to do so.
While it is easy to get lost in the thees and thous while reading one of his plays or sonnets, when you sit and ponder on the works of the Bard of Avon, one can see how brilliant he was.