450 years of Shakespeare!

“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” — William Shakespeare

 

William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language.

 

 

Today is April 23 and today we celebrate the 450 years of the birth of the greatest playwright and poet of not only English literature but, of the entire world, William Shakespeare.

Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s dream, Richard III, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, Much ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice,  Coriolanus,  Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest and Troilus and Cressida are just some of the many, many admirable works of the “Bard of Avon”.

38 plays, 154 sonnets and  two long narrative poems, these are the works of William Shakespeare, admired and respected not only in England but in the entire world.

His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Among his plays, Shakeseare wrote tragedies, comedies, historical, drama and tragic comedies.

What else can I say about Shakespeare?

Victor Hugo wrote an essay dedicating his admiration to Shakespeare.

Today, in modern literature, Harold Bloom, the famous, respect and also controversial literary critic claimed Shakespeare as the western canon.

Some famous film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays:

A poster of the 1996 film adaptation
of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, adapted, produced, Directed and starring Kenneth Branagh.
A movie poster of “Much Ado About Nothing”
adapted, produced, Directed and Starring
Kenneth Branagh and also Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Michael Keaon, Richard Briers and Kate Beckinsale.
Laurence Olivier, one of the greatest
Shakespearen actors, won an Academy Award
as Hamlet.
“Have more than you show, speak less than you know”. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

Happy 450 Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s