450 Years of Shakespeare

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Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!

I salute you for being one of the greatest and influential English writers of all time. I think we can all conquer that your works has given us high school and college students a massive headache with your early modern language (that’s correct – NOT Old English. We are not talking about Beowulf here. I have made this mistake before I took a Shakespeare class in college). Thankfully, I grew a penchant for your works as I am now an English literature major in college. Guess all that reading of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet turned me into a hopeless romantic. Wait a second, Romeo and Juliet were kinda just a group of angsty and hormonal teenagers. Guess Hollywood has truly romanticize this tragedy, and couples compare their own relationship with Romeo and Juliet. Hey silly folks, don’t forget about that ending… This makes Shakespeare a true literary icon for centuries because he has impacted so much on the entertainment industry, people in relationships, writers, and anyone who can’t help a tragic love story. So Shakespeare, thank you. I hope we can all achieve this kind of original insight on creativity as much as you did.

I think a lot of us can also thank you for coining these popular phrases // More on The Independent

– “For goodness sake” – Henry VIII

– “Mum’s the word” – Henry VI, Part II

– “Rant” – Hamlet

– “Knock knock! Who’s there?” – Macbeth

– “A wild goose chase” – Romeo and Juliet

– “Assassination” – Macbeth

– “Too much of a good thing” – As You Like It

– “A heart of gold” – Henry V

– “Fashionable” – Troilus and Cressida

– “Puking” – As You Like It

– “Bedazzled” – The Taming of the Shrew

– “Addiction” – Othello

“Send him packing” – Henry IV

– “Vanish into thin air” – Othello

– “Swagger” – Henry V

“There’s method in my madness” – Hamlet

– “Wear your heart on your sleeve” – Othello

– “Full circle” – King Lear

– “All of a sudden” – The Taming of the Shrew


1 thought on “450 Years of Shakespeare”

  1. Not every men can savor Shakespeare and yet all men can relish Henry V

    This day is called the feast of Crispian:
    He that outlives this day and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say, ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian:’
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say, ‘These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.’
    Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
    But he’ll remember with advantages
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words,
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be rememberèd;
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in England, now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

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