Celebrating the Life of William Shakespeare
“Blessed be the man that spares these stones, / And cursed be he that moves my bones.” -Shakespeare’s Grave
Of all the authors in the history of English literature, few can hope to have a legacy as lasting as that of William Shakespeare. Though many details of Shakespeare’s personal life are hazy, it is thought that he was born in late April during the year 1564 in his father’s house in the small English village of Stratford-upon-Avon. He married his wife Anne Hathaway at the age of 18 before relocating to London to pursue a career as an actor and dramatist.
During the course of his life, Shakespeare drafted what have become some of the most famous works in the English language. Many of his poems and plays, including Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice and Hamlet, are still considered foundational parts of modern education—and his poetry are still considered foundational parts of modern education and continue to see new interpretations onstage, in literature and in pop culture. Shakespeare is also believed to have contributed nearly 2,000 words to the English language.
Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon where he is buried in Trinity Church alongside his wife and eldest daughter, Susanna. To this day, the town continues to be a cultural center for Shakespearian history and the site of a full day of events in late April of each year.
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