Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Talk Like Shakespeare Day is Upon Us

We've had "Talk Like a Pirate Day," and I wonder if it will be any less popular next year now that America's become acquainted with modern pirates. Not to long ago we had National Cleavage Day. You figure that out. And I've learned that this Thursday is Talk Like Shakespeare Day in celebration of William Shakespeare's 445th birthday. There's even a website for Talk Like Shakespeare Day at this link.

I'm a sucker for Shakespearean English, which is why I like the King James version of the Bible, I suppose.

In honor of the bard's birthday, and just in time for the closing of poetry month, I suppose, I'm posting my favorite Shakespeare sonnet, found at a university site. See below:
Let me not to the marriage of true minds (Sonnet CXVI)

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
    If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

-- William Shakespeare
The Shakespeare portrait is believed to be the only portrait of the bard painted during his life time, per an article at CNN in March.

1 comment:

msladydeborah said...

April is truly a busy month!