“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:
Happy 450 Birthday, William Shakespeare!