National Talk Like Shakespeare Day
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day is celebrated on April 23 of every year. National Talk Like Shakespeare Day creates an opportunity to think and talk like Shakespeare. Shakespeare who was born on April 23, 1564, was one of the acknowledged poet, playwright and an actor. He was famously known as “Bard of Avon.” He is still remembered for his knack in writing to reach the depths of the human heart. His works became immensely popular again throughout the world during 20th and 21st century. His poems are still read, plays are performed and studied to date. Many of his works are about life, love, death, revenge, grief, jealousy, murder, magic and mystery. Shakespeare is still celebrated because he had made several significant contributions to the English literature through his dramas or plays. Several phrases which we use today belongs to Shakespeare. English that was used during those day differs a lot from what we use now.
“I have good reason to be content, for thank God I can read and perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths.” – John Keats
History of National Talk Like Shakespeare Day
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day was first held in 2009 by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which is also the day when Shakespeare was born, April 23. It is believed to be inspired by a similar day, i.e., International Talk Like a Pirate Day. In 2016, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared this day to honour Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary.
Other Celebrations on April 23
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How to celebrate National Talk Like Shakespeare Day
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day is as simple as it sounds with the help of internet and other sources. Shakespeare is believed to speak in the blend of modern Irish, Yorkshire and West Country English accents. You can simply try speaking like him by replacing few words like you, they with thee, thou, thy and ye. Try sticking with this kind of words while conversing with your friends, colleagues. One can also use rhyming couplets and creative insults which were some of his favourites. This day is also about teaching the present generation about Shakespeare poems, stories and acting. It is a day to appreciate and wonder at the works and intelligence of William Shakespeare, famous author, poet and playwright of all time. Share your thoughts on social media about National Talk Like Shakespeare Day by using the hashtag #TalkLikeShakespeareDay.