Current Reading Mood: Urban Fantasy
Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Month of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare. Almost everyone has heard of him. He's a legend and an artist. If you haven't read them in high school(which is highly unlikely) then you would have either picked it up in University, or at least read parts of it somewhere. His work is referenced in other books tv and movies. I've done a papers of him in High school, but not in university. It's not easy to read Shakespeare's work and meaning can get lost through translation pretty easy. I plan on re-reading his work along with Coles Notes as well .(for easy understanding)

He's our first "Of The Month" to have been born and died in the same month. William Shakespeare was baptised on April 26th, 1564 and died on April 23td, 1616. 

William Shakespeare- was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.[1] He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon".[2][nb 2] His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays,[nb 3] 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.[3] - Wikipedia

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613.[5][nb 4] His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including HamletKing Lear,Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.

What I've read by Shakespeare: 
Romeo and Juliet
The Merchant of Venice- One of my favourites.
The Tempest

What I plan on reading:
Julias Caesar (asap) 
Henry V (Not sure on the rest yet)
All's Well that Ends Well
Love's Labours Lost
Twelfth Night
A Midsummer's Night Dream (I feel that I've read this already, but I'm sure)

Shakespeare's Death:

Shakespeare's burial is recorded in the Stratford Parish Register as occurring on 25 April 1616; he died on April 23.
The cause of his death is unknown. Some scholars have suggested that the signatures on his will indicate that he was already sick at the date of signing, 25 March 1616.Shakespeare was buried on 25 April 1616 in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford, where he had been baptised just over 52 years earlier. His tomb, which lies beneath* the floor of the church inside the chancel rail, is covered by a stone*inscribed with a curse*: 
Good friend for Jesus sake forbearTo dig the dust enclosed here!Blest be the man that spares these stones,And curst be he that moves my bones.

Now, let's celebrate Shakespeare's work and life this month. He deserves a pat on the pat for being a legend, don't cha think? *grins*


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