Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Talk Like Shakespeare Day is observed next on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024 (51 days from today).
Have you ever thought that you can talk like the Bard and the characters in Shakespeare plays?
April 23rd is chosen as Talk Like Shakespeare Day every year that express a gesture in memory William Shakespeare, one of the most famous writers and poets in the world.
Why is Talk Like Shakespeare Day?
Many of us bring tears to our hearts when watching plays in the theater or reading a poem. In fact, it is difficult to remember the names attached to works, be it the name of the character, the author or anything else. However, it is Shakespearean writing style that leaves an imprint on the reader's mind with the story.
He was born on April 23rd, 1564 in Stratford, England and grown up from a poor family with illiterate parents. No one thought that poor boy would become one of the most famous poets and playwrights in the world. To date, he has written 39 plays, 154 sonnets, 3 long poems, and a few other verses whose connection to Shakespeare remains unclear. In particular, the rhyming compound sentences and creative satire are his favorites. Not only this, Shakespeare is also noted for many words and phrases that we come across in our daily life. Some of these words are “eyeball” used in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “fashion” used in “Troilus and Cressida” and “fade” used in “As You Like It”. Some expressions include "forgotten conclusion" from "Othello", "in a pickle" from "The Tempest", "chasing the wild geese" from "Romeo and Juliet" and "a man swoops down" the words "Macbeth" are all buds of Shakespeare's interest.
His biography reveals that he began writing comedy and historical films. Until 1608, he had turned to tragedies. Then he gifted the world with his distinctively tragic works that were still as heart-pounding and popular as before. During the last period of his life, he wrote tragic comedies, also known as romances. Every genre he wrote in during his lifetime spawned the dazzling jewels of English literature that are still prized and adorn home shelves.
To commemorate and honor Shakespeare's works, there was a holiday named Talk Like Shakespeare Day. As the name of holiday, people participate in their regular conversations by using Shakespeare's language that he used in his plays.
History of Talk Like Shakespeare Day
The day has been celebrated since 2009. This is when the first national talk like Shakespeare Day was launched by the Shakespeare Theater in Chicago. This day is inspired by another day being honored to speak as a character; Talk Like Shakespeare Day. If they are chosen any day to honor a famous person, it will certainly be Talk Like Shakespeare Day! Many theaters will organize a lot of interesting events and celebrations in this holiday worldwide.
The myth we are talking about is the common idea that all people in Shakespeare's day spoke like the people in his plays. It was a kind of "theatrical voiceover" that was created to romanticize the play and to have a greater impact on the ears of those in attendance. In the following years, it was believed to be the speech of the times.
Talk Like Shakespeare Day encourages us to use all speech like Shakespeare to all the world in which we live. After all, “the entire world is a stage and all men and women are merely players.” This celebration is your chance to bring that vision to life and to give a rich and colorful discourse on the works of Shakespeare for everyone. After all, if you can't bring people to the Globe cinema, then you can bring the cinema globe to the people!
Some interesting truths about Talk Like Shakespeare Day
- Other names of William Shakespeare are "Bard of Avon" or simply "the Bard". He is also known as 'Britain's National Poet.'
- He was a famous writer and actor, and part owner of a play company called Lord Chamberlain's Men, later named King's Men.
- From 1589 to 1613 was the period of his most famous works.
- Shakespeare's biographers still do not know Shakespeare's actual date of birth.
- His traditional date of birth happened to be the date of his death.
- He was a fairly wealthy man who owned the second largest house in Stratford.
- Shakespeare's children were rumored to be illiterate.
- No one is still unaware of the period from 1585 to 1592 in his life.
- Shakespeare was a teacher known for creating Olivia, Miranda, Jessica and Cordelia that are commonly used today.
Celebrating Talk Like Shakespeare Day
William Shakespeare is not only a name but also a memory that lives on through his works. To have an interesting celebration, refer some below ways:
- Talk Like Shakespeare
Use words like you, you and you for you and them in your casual conversations. Listen to more words belonged to Shakespeare in your talk.
- Shakespeare-like rhymes
Choose your own couplets and poems and write them down. Do not forget applying Shakespeare's writing style for your works.
- Share the words
Share your thoughts on Shakespeare's creations you've come across, tell the world about William Shakespeare and his works, and write social media posts using highlights like #NationalTalkLikeShakespeareDay or #ShakespeareTosystem.
ObservedTalk Like Shakespeare Day has been observed annually on April 23rd.
Saturday, April 23rd, 2022
Sunday, April 23rd, 2023
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2025
Thursday, April 23rd, 2026
Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2009