Happy 450th Birthday Billy!

08.23.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Today, William Shakespeare turns 450.

For most individuals, Shakespeare’s name is synonymous with being one of the most influential people in the English language, second to the Bible.

And while most of us cringed in high school because we had to study Shakespeare’s difficult language, his plays and sonnets are not only classical, but world-famous for their linguistic and dramatic appeal.

In celebration of Billy’s birthday today, here’s the famous and most well-known sonnet by the man whose use of language has earned itself its own name:

Sonnet 18:

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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What’s your favourite Shakespearean play?

Who is your favourite Shakespearean character?

Have you read Shakespeare’s sonnets? What do you think of them?

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