Happy birthday to The Bard: here’s what’s in a name


Act One:

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day

To the last syllable of recorded time,

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death …


Shakespeare was born in 1564,

The exact birth date still unknown to us

But celebrated on April 23

(He was baptized on April 26).

His plays are staged more than anyone else’s,

And translated into every major language.

How’s that for just one man (ignoring the conspiracies)?


Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England

He was the third of eight children, to John

And Mary, alderman and landowner

(Respectively), as this black-and-white print

Of Shakespeare’s birthplace handsomely depicts:



Act Two:

… Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.


In London, 1598-99,

Shakespeare wrote Much Ado About Nothing,

A brilliant piece of comedy and wit

With man and woman fated to pair up,

But they must court each other first until

They realize it. The Front Piece to the Quarto,

Dated 1623, is priceless,

As both memento and an iPad case:



Act Three:

Pray you now, forget and forgive: I am old and foolish.


In London, 1603-6, he wrote

One of his final plays: King Lear, about

An older man gone mad over power

And ego (sound familiar?), who must make

Amends with his estranged daughter Cordelia.

This oil painting by Hillingford portrays

Lear vulnerably, winning forgiveness

From Cordelia. At last, some happy peace:


If we shadows have offended,

Think but this, and all is mended,

That you have but slumber’d here

While these visions did appear.

And this weak and idle theme,

No more yielding but a dream …



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