Partying is Such Sweet Sorrow

Celebrating and analyzing the influence of William Shakespeare during his birthday month


"Beauty too rich for us, for earth too dear"

It is only appropriate to commemorate the life of an extraordinary man during his month of birth. By possibly the 23rd of April this year, William Shakespeare would have reached his 452nd birthday. “Age, with his stealing steps, hath clawed me in his clutch,” he would say. Although so many years have passed since his existence, he still remains legendary, and many people admire and study him to this day.

On the topic of this man’s influence, a certain question arises: “Why has this bard remained so famous for all these years?” Well, it is a possibility that this man’s work was either way ahead of its time, or his work reflects themes that will be relevant for all time. Most would agree with both. Love, death, bravery, and treachery are the basic themes Shakespeare explored in his work, and it is the simplicity of those worldly themes that have caused his legacy to echo throughout the test of time. Furthermore, his characters are truly complex and dramatic, making them quite unforgettable. Who could ever forget Hamlet?

It is also possible that Shakespeare has maintained his fame because of popular culture. Many high school and college students are assigned to read and analyze his plays, and one class of Shakespeare is required for college English majors. Outside of academia, many plays, ballets, movies, and festivals have been established in honor of his work. Most of Shakespeare’s popularity is ignited through hype.

While many people do not know a lot about Shakespeare, they are still deeply affected by him. His ability to explain the aspects of human emotion through rich and eloquent language sparks such an intense response. He reveals the powerful emotions that we all experience but rarely convey in public. His soliloquies and monologues are memorable within themselves because they resonate within us. In the wise words of Shakespeare, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

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