I know, most of you are familiar with the terms: The Bard, and the Bard of Avon. Recently, the world celebrated The Bard’s 400th death anniversary on April 23, 2016, and the Bard himself is unaware of.
Why “The Bard”?
It is almost summer everywhere and I was wondering the other summer day why is the Bard is called The Bard. In general terms, ‘bard’ means a poet. In medieval times, all bards were travelling poets who made living out of performing and telling stories. Thus so, edging out the Medieval times, our Bard was a performer in plays and loved to write plays himself.
Why Celebrate his Death Anniversary?
The reason being Shakespeare’s birthday remains unknown to us till date.
400 years, you say?
It has been four centuries since William Shakespeare wrote his last words that are still influencing the English language and a reader’s mind. Shakespeare introduced near about 1700 word to the language through his comedies, tragedies, histories and sonnets. Such as fashionable, and eyeball. Some of them are insulting.
Where to start with Bard?
To start reading William Shakespeare, I suggest you to take a look at a Goodread’s infographic:
Some facts about the Bard you may not know:
- Shakespeare got married when he was 18, his wife, Anne Hathaway, was 26.
- He wrote as well as performed in his own plays and of other playwrights too.
- The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare’s shortest play at just 1,770 lines long.
- Shakespeare never actually published any of his plays. They are known today only because two of his fellow actors – John Hemminges and Henry Condell – recorded and published 36 of them posthumously under the name ‘The First Folio’, which is the source of all Shakespeare books published.
- Shakespeare’s plays have been translated to more than 80 languages including Star Trek’s Klingon
- American President Abraham Lincoln was a big fan William Shakespeare as he loved para-phrased the bard. John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, used to perform in Shakespearean plays.