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BARDS BIRTHDAY: Fun facts you may not know about Shakespeare on the run up to his 457th Birthday!

BARDS BIRTHDAY: Fun facts you may not know about Shakespeare on the run up to his 457th Birthday!

Shakespeare's mural, London

There was a star danced, and under that I was born! - Much Ado About Nothing

23rd of April 2021 marks Shakespeare's 457th Birthday.

The 'Bard upon avon' is widely considered the greatest writer of the English Language and we have handpicked some top facts to impress the budding dramatists around you.

Although lots of details about this Poet remain unknown - it is widely believed that Shakespeare was born on April 23rd 1564 and in fact died on April 23rd 1616. - Yes that's right he died on his Birthday!

 

His Plays and Sonnets: 

 

He wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets in his life time.

His plays consist of Comedies, Tragedies and Histories - His most famous including : Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.

What is the best way to know if the play is a Comedy, Tragedy or History from its title?

Comedy: Usually has a long title - The Comedy of Errors, Alls well that ends well, Much Ado About Nothing. Oh, and the good thing about The Comedies - no one dies!

Tragedy: Every title of a tragedy has the main characters name - Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet -  spoiler alert, they usually die!

History: Every History title is a real figure in History and has a number next to the name (excluding King John) - Henry IV, Richard III, Henry VIII.

 

What words were created by Shakespeare?

 

Shakespeare made up a whole host of words and many of them are still used today!

It is believed that many of his words were created by conjoining two existing words, changing nouns into verbs and changing verbs into adjectives:

It is said he made up 1700 words - If you use any of these words or phrases- you are actually quoting the works or Shakespeare:

Elbow, amazement, lonely, cold-blooded, green-eyed (to describe jealousy), bare-faced.

"In a pickle" (The Tempest)

"Break the Ice" - (Taming of the shrew)

"Neither here nor there" - (Othello)

 

Some more fun facts: 

 

 

  • He wore a gold hoop earring
  • Legend has it that he died on his Birthday after a heavy night of drinking
  • He was born in Statford Upon Avon
  • He was an Actor as well as a Writer
  • He had a son named Hamnet

 

Lots of his sonnets have themes of love, the passing of time, morality and beauty and with May just around the corner - here is one of Shakespeare most famous sonnets:

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
   So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
   So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

 


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