Happy Birthday Shakespeare!
It is not known on which day Shakespeare was actually born but the 23rd April has become the day we celebrate his birthday, it is also the same day he died. I personally hope he was born on a different day because I find it very sad that he died on his birthday.
William Shakespeare as I bet you all know was a famous English playwright, poet and actor in the 1500’s and early 1600’s. He is also known as the Bard of Avon.
It is believed his work extends to 39 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems there are also some verses that are believed to be his work but it is not definite.
I have visited Shakespeare’s family home a few times over the years and always find it fascinating, the man is quite a mystery, as so little is known about his life with his family. I always feel sorry for his poor wife though as he spent so much time away in London and she was left at home with the children, I can’t help but wonder what went through her mind. She must have been a very trusting woman.
I have studied many of Shakespeare’s plays over the years and seen them on the stage. So far I have only found one I can not stand and that is The Tempest, no matter how many times I have read it and seen it I still dislike it and I doubt it will ever change. Otherwise I love all the rest and my favourites have got to be The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I played Puck in a school A Level production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Our Drama teacher also made us regularly memorise Shakespeare sonnets and recite them on stage.
Anyway, that is my little relationship with the work of Shakespeare.
Happy Birthday and thank you for all your great work.
Lady Book Dragon.