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Saturday, April 23, 2016

William Shakespeare: 400th Anniversary of his Death

“To be, or not to be”
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”
“Parting is such sweet sorrow”
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”
“A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!”
What do all these phrases have in common? They're all lines from William Shakespeare's plays.

According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564. He died on April 23, 1616, making this the 400th anniversary of his death.

Today would be his 452nd birthday! Let's celebrate that and have some fun!

Learn to talk like Shakespeare with Mango Languages Shakespearean English course. (Mango says to be aware that the course derives its lessons from original Shakespeare text and may not be suitable for children under 12)

"Good morrow to you, sir, shall we talk like Shakespeare!" Today is Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Type anything into the Shmoop Shakespeare Translator to see it translated into super-authentic Shakespearean English.

Check out World Book Web to learn more about his life and work.

Check out the Library's catalog for Shakespeare-related books and movies. Click on "All About the Bard" on the landing page.


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