Happy Birthday William Shakespeare. In honor of the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare, one of the most important voices of the English-language literature, we celebrate the April 23 since 2009 (international) Talk like Shakespeare Day (rarely National Talk like Shakespeare Day – dt. SpeakIt How- Shakespeare Day ). Reason enough to shed some light on the history of this day of action with the following lines of the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world. What is it about?
Who started Talk like Shakespeare Day?
Talk Like a Shakespeare Day goes back to a 2009 initiative by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. This event has even been officially confirmed in the United States since 2011. Because on March 17th of this year Pat Quinn, Governor of the US state Illinois, declared April 23rd to be Talk Like Shakespeare Day and thus officially recognized the efforts of the theater (see also the list of related links below). A rogue who thinks badly that the Americans have incorporated one of the greatest English poets and playwrights in this way. 😉
In addition to the love for the work of the English poet – if the available sources are to be believed – another inspiration is said to have been the inspiration behind the creation of this day of action. In detail: The International Talk like a Pirate Day on September 19th. To what extent this also applies to thematically related SpeakIt as Yoda tag applies (Engl. Talk Like Yoda Day) on May 21, I could not figure out the research for the present paper in the course.
Why does Talk like Shakespeare Day fall on April 23?
There is also sufficient justification for the chosen date of Talk like Shakespeare Day. Because April 23rd stands for nothing less than the birthday of the poet and playwright (see also the other articles from the calendar of curious birthdays ). In this context, however, one restriction must be made.
Because while the day of death according to the Julian calendar on April 23, 1616 is considered to be relatively reliable, the exact date of birth is still unclear. According to the church register of the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, but there is no reference to April 23 as the date of birth in this source. On closer inspection, this date actually only appears in Shakespeare literature of the 18th century, but in the opinion of many interpreters and literary scholars it must be seen as a confusion or merger with the day of death.
By the way, this is not the only curious holiday related to the occasion. For even the day of the English language (English. UN English Language Day) and the World Book (Engl. World Book and Copyright Day) prove to the British so that the honor.
Goals and Intention: What is the best way to celebrate Speak Like Shakespeare Day?
Well, of course, the intention of Speak Like Shakespeare Tag is to be taken literally. Because April 23rd calls for an understanding in the style of Shakespeare’s works. Sometimes easier said than done, especially since one shouldn’t fall into the error that people in Shakespeare’s day spoke the same way they did in his plays.
The truth is that everyday English language and spelling in the sixteenth century bore very little resemblance to the linguistic style of Shakespeare’s works. Rather, it is a kind of stage-appropriate artificial language that was created to romanticize the respective piece and to anchor it more firmly in the ears of the audience.
And who can not do anything of you with Shakespeare, for / provided by the April 23 with the International Nose Picking Day, the day of German beer, the US Take a Chance Day or National Cherry Cheesecake Day a whole range of calendar alternatives.
1. “Boldness be my friend.” – William Shakespeare
2. “I say there is no darkness but ignorance.” – William Shakespeare
3. “Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.” – William Shakespeare
4. “How well he’s read, to reason against reading!” – William Shakespeare
5. “They do not love that do not show their love.” – William Shakespeare
6. “Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing.” – William Shakespeare
7. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare
8. “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – William Shakespeare
9. “Having nothing, nothing can he lose.” – William Shakespeare
10. “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” – William Shakespeare
11. “If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottage princes’ palaces.” – William Shakespeare
12. “Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” – William Shakespeare
13. “This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – William Shakespeare
14. “O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!” – William Shakespeare
15. “Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.” – William Shakespeare
16. “The course of true love never did run smooth.” – William Shakespeare
17. “Let no such man be trusted.” – William Shakespeare
18. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare
19. “As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.” – William Shakespeare
20. “Time and the hour run through the roughest day.” – William Shakespeare
21. “Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.” – William Shakespeare
22. “There’s not a note of mine that’s worth the noting.” – William Shakespeare
23. “God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.” – William Shakespeare
24. “He that loves to be flattered is worthy o’ the flatterer.” – William Shakespeare
25. “Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?” – William Shakespeare
26. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare
27. “Brevity is the soul of wit.” – William Shakespeare
28. “Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.” – William Shakespeare
29. “An overflow of good converts to bad.” – William Shakespeare
30. “O’ What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!” – William Shakespeare