Today, April 23, is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. It is also the 452nd anniversary of his birth.
The Shakespeare Blog recently quoted a 200-year-old stanza, apparently part of an impromptu rhyme written and recited by Mr James Bisset at the celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday two hundred years ago, in Stratford’s Town Hall:
“Revered be the season a Shakespeare appear’d,
Revered be the date of his birth.
Ever sacred the day, which two centuries since,
Snatch’d “the pride of all nature” from earth.”
Over the nine months since I began this blog, I’ve had a number of entries about The Bard. On this auspicious anniversary, I thought I’d repost some of these.
On September 1, 2015, I made a list of Shakespeare-inspired novels: http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2015/09/shakespeare-inspired-novels.html,
In the same vein, on October 10, 2015, I wrote about the Hogarth Shakespeare novels being released in 2015 and 2016: http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2015/10/new-shakespeare-novels-to-be-released.html.
On January 3, 2016, I challenged readers to read a Shakespeare play in this anniversary year: http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/01/readers-resolution-for-2016-read.html.
On February 7, 2016, I recommended a single-volume Shakespeare: http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/02/a-heavy-read-single-volume-shakespeare_7.html.
On February 26, 2016, I suggested two useful books by Shakespeare scholars: http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/02/some-analysis-of-shakespeares-plays.html.
On the Ides of March, I listed some favourite quotations from Julius Caesar: http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/03/some-memorable-quotations-for-ides-of.html.
On March 26, 2016, I wrote about Shakespeare’s skull being missing from his grave: http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/03/shakespeare-curse-ignoreed.html.
On April 7, 2016, I discussed the First Folio recently authenticated on the Isle of Bute in Scotland: http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/04/the-mount-stuart-house-copy-of.html.
As the year continues, I will certainly be posting more about this greatest of English writers.