National Talk Like Shakespeare Day is celebrated on April 23 of every year. The day creates an opportunity to think and talk like Shakespeare. Shakespeare who was born on April 23, 1564, was one of the acknowledged poets, playwrights, and an actor. He was famously known as “Bard of Avon.” He is still remembered for his knack for writing to reach the depths of the human heart. His works became immensely popular again throughout the world during 20th and 21st centuries. His poems are still read, and 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 English literature through his dramas or plays. Several phrases which we use today belong to Shakespeare. English that was used during those days 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 honor Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary.
Other Celebrations on April 23
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How to celebrate the day
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day is as simple as it sounds with the help of the internet and other sources. Shakespeare is believed to speak in a blend of modern Irish, Yorkshire, and West Country English accents. You can simply try speaking like him by replacing a few words like you, they with thee, thou, thy, and ye. Try sticking with this kind of word while conversing with your friends, and colleagues. One can also use rhyming couplets and creative insults which were some of his favorites. This day is also about teaching the present generation about Shakespeare’s poems, stories, and acting. It is a day to appreciate and wonder at the works and intelligence of William Shakespeare, a famous author, poet, and playwright of all time. Share your thoughts on social media about the day by using the hashtag #TalkLikeShakespeareDay.
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