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Not to be a snob or anything, but isn't the 23rd celebrated as Shakespeare's death anniversary since his exact birthday is unknown?

Don’t worry, you don’t sound snobby at all! You’re absolutely right - 23 April is the known date of Shakespeare’s death and his actual birthday is unknown. It is known, however, that he was baptised on 26 April, so he would have been born a couple of days before that. Since 23 April is his date of death - and also happens to be a few days before his baptism - it’s celebrated as his birthday (although it may or may not actually be) as well. Hope that made sense! 


Community Post: Happy 450th Birthday Shakespeare!

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Anyway, enough about that - back to Shakespeare’s birthday! Are you doing anything to celebrate?

Today is Shakespeare’s 450th birthday! To celebrate, I thought I’d share a photo I took a while ago when I was lucky enough to visit his grave in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Today is Shakespeare’s 450th birthday! To celebrate, I thought I’d share a photo I took a while ago when I was lucky enough to visit his grave in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

No longer from head to foot than from hip to hip: she is spherical, like a globe; I could find out countries in her.
Dromio of Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors, Act III scene ii)
Blood hath been shed ere now, i’ th’ olden time,
Ere humane statute purged the gentle weal;
Ay, and since too, murders have been perform’d
Too terrible for the ear: the times have been,
That, when the brains were out, the man would die,
And there an end, but now they rise again,
With twenty mortal murders on their crowns,
And push us from our stools: this is more strange
Than such a murder is.
Macbeth (Macbeth, Act III scene iv)

Troilus and Cressida, Act II scene iii

  • AJAX: I do hate a proud man, as I hate the engendering of toads.
  • NESTOR: Yet he loves himself: is't not strange?
Hamlet and Ophelia by Eugène Delacroix (1840)

Hamlet and Ophelia by Eugène Delacroix (1840)

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His nature is too noble for the world:
He would not flatter Neptune for his trident,
Or Jove for’s power to thunder. His heart’s his mouth:
What his breast forges, that his tongue must vent;
And, being angry, does forget that ever
He heard the name of death.
Menenius (Coriolanus, Act III scene i)
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