Thursday, January 8, 2009
5 Things You Didn't Know Anout Shakespeare
William Shakespeare is arguably the greatest writer in the history of the English language. Nearly 400 years after the bard's death we still stage his works in our theaters and study them in our classrooms. If he'd only written Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet or King Lear, we'd probably still consider him one of the greatest writers in the English canon -- but he wrote them all, along with numerous other classics.
We continually return to Shakespeare because of his ability to tell us something about ourselves. He was a perceptive student of human nature with an unrivaled capacity for drama and description. Shakespeare had a way with words, unmatched by anyone before or since. He's the writer we study perhaps more than any other.
You may be an admirer of the bard, but we're betting there are at least five things you didn't know about Shakespeare.