Celebrating William Shakespeare

For many, William Shakespeare is the greatest writer in the English language. He is called England’s national poet or the “Bard on Avon” or “The Bard.”

William Shakespeare continues to entertain, long after his passing, reminding me that once words are written, they take on a life of their own. In the year that we are celebrating William Shakespeare’s 456th birthday, we still read, study, research, recite and perform his poetry and plays.

How fortuitous that “Talk Like Shakespeare Day” happens to fall on April 23, 2020. Today, I am celebrating with Sonnet 116. Please come and join me. I would love to read this together!

Sonnet 116

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.

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

4 thoughts on “Celebrating William Shakespeare

  1. What a treat on a Saturday morning! When I read the poem at the beginning of the post, I took the time to see how he put the words together, how they rhymed, a true genius. Thank you for the photos, as well—and the video. I can understand how the poem would be good in a wedding ceremony. This is a good start to a weekend, than you.

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    1. One of my favorites although there are many. I have decided to do something unorthodox. I am going to recite all of the great soliloquies that were given to the male actors – To be or not to be, St. Chrispin’s Day, Mark Anthony’s speech. I am rather excited about it. Stay tuned….


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