National Talk Like Shakespeare Day:
The 23rd day of April month is celebrated every year as the National Talk Like Shakespeare Day as a gesture to memorialize one of the most renowned writers and poets of the land William Shakespeare.
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Why National Talk Like Shakespeare Day?
Many of us love to watch plays sitting in theaters or to read a poem that tears through our hearts. Usually, we tend to forget the names associated with those artworks, be it the names of the characters, the author, or anything else. But, the Shakespearean style of writing is something that leaves the mind of its readers imprinted with the story.
William Shakespeare was born on the 23rd of April, 1564, in Stratford, England. He was born in a regressive family with illiterate parents. No one had ever wondered that a boy like him would later turn out to become one of the world’s most celebrated poets and playwrights. So far, he has written 39 plays, 154 sonnets, 3 long poems, and a few other verses whose associations with Shakespeare are not yet clear. Rhyming couplets and creative satires were his favorites, in particular. Not only this, but Shakespeare is also credited for many of the words and phrases we come across in our daily life. Some of these words are “eyeball” used in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “fashionable” used in “Troilus and Cressida,” and “lackluster” used in “As You Like It.” Some expressions like “foregone conclusion” from “Othello,” “in a pickle” from “The Tempest,” “wild goose chase” from “Romeo and Juliet,” and “one fell swoop” from “Macbeth” are all buds of Shakespeare’s mind.
His biographies reveal that he started writing with comedies and histories. Later on, he moved onto tragedies until 1608, where he gifted the world with exceptionally tragic writings of his that are still as heart throbbing and popular as they were before. During his last phases of life, he wrote tragic comedies, which were also known as romances. Every genre that he inked during his life gave birth to dazzling gems of English literature that are still appreciated and decorated on the house shelves.
To commemorate and honor Shakespeare’s works, people celebrate his birth anniversary as the National Talk Like Shakespeare Day. As the name suggests, on this day, people engage in their regular conversations using the language of Shakespeare that he used in his plays.
How Can We Celebrate National Talk Like Shakespeare Day:
William Shakespeare is not just a name but a memory that stays alive through his works. To celebrate the day, here are some ways:
- Speake like Shakespeare
Make use of words like thou, thee, and ye for you and they in your regular conversations. Imbibe more Shakespearean words in your talking.
- Rhyme like Shakespeare
Curate your own couplets, poems and write them down with a pen. Make use of the Shakespearean style of writing in your creations.
- Share the words
Share your thoughts on Shakespeare’s creations you have been through, tell people about William Shakespeare and his works, and write posts on social media using highlights like #NationalTalkLikeShakespeareDay or #ShakespeareTalks.
Interesting Facts on National Talk Like Shakespeare Day:
Tighten your seatbelts to know some jaw-dropping facts about William Shakespeare.
- William Shakespeare is also known as “the Bard of Avon” or simply “the Bard.” He is also referred to as ‘England’s National Poet.’
- He was a writer and a famous actor, and a part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, which was later named the King’s Men.
- He produced most of his acclaimed works between the year 1589 and the year 1613.
- Shakespeare’s real date of birth remains unknown to his biographers yet. Therefore, his birth anniversary is traditionally observed on Saint George’s Day, i.e., April 23.
- His traditional date of birth coincidentally happens to be his date of death.
- He was a rather wealthy man who owned the second-largest house in Stratford.
- There are still some debates over the fact that Shakespeare’s children were illiterate.
- The biographers who have studied Shakespeare remain unaware of the time period 1585 to 1592 in his life.
- Shakespeare was a genius who invented the names like Olivia, Miranda, Jessica, and Cordelia that are commonly used today.
History Of National Talk Like Shakespeare Day:
The origin of the National Talk, like Shakespeare Day, is marked in the year 2009 when a theater named the Chicago Shakespeare Theater launched the day on a grounded stage. They were inspired by another celebration every year as the International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19. Later on, in the year 2011, the governor of Illinois officially recognized the efforts of the theater and declared the 23rd of April to be memorialized as the National Talk Like Shakespeare Day.