Happy Birthday, Will

Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare 1564-1616 –Chandos portrait 1610 attributed to John Taylor

William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, England died on April 23, 1616. According to tradition, April 23 was also the date of his birth.

Thou art a Monument, without a tomb,
And art alive still, while thy Book doth live,
And we have wits to read, and praise to give.

When Ben Jonson wrote that, I don’t think he could have anticipated the Common Core Standards.


A few articles about Shakespeare by Maeve Maddox:

Twenty movies based on Shakespeare plays

Book titles from Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Vocabulary

Titles drawn from Shakespeare

Hoist with his own petard

Thou lily-livered boy!

Everybody speaks Hamlet

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