On April 23rd, 1616, it is believed that William Shakespeare passed away. While we don’t have records of his death, we do have records of his funeral which occurred two days later on April 25th, 1616.
At the age of 52, Shakespeare left behind a body of work that has captivated pop culture and has been the favored subject of academia (think of your high school literature classes) for the past 400 years. Shakespeare’s works have lead to an unparalleled phenomenon across cultures and well past his time.
This blog has continually looked for Shakespeare from searching for Shakespeare in bookstores in Taipei, Taiwan to visiting a bookstore with his namesake in Berkeley, California. Speaking of books, we’ve reviewed the Star Wars Shakespeare-style books, have shared our own stories about Shakespeare, and have made so many freaking posts about Shakespeare loot it’s kinda ridiculous.
Lauren Sumabat and I geeked out over plays like Richard III and shared it here for the world to see. I’ve also shared my research project that created three lesson plans for teachers in the Common Core system to use in an 8th through 12th grade classroom. We’ve done instructional posts on how to read Shakespeare for the first time, explored Juliet’s question on the meaning of names, and have tackled current events like the revelation of a new Shakespeare play. I could go on and on and on about this blog’s coverage of all things Shakespeare because his works play such an important role in the literary world he and they, of course, play an important role in our blog about literature, creative writing, and education.
On April 23rd, 2016, 400 years after the beloved playwright, sonneteer, and poet passed away, his work is still alive and out there for you to see. All around the world, Shakespeare’s life is being celebrated on the anniversary of his death in countries like Mexico, Canada, England (of course), and Japan.
Where I live, in Los Angeles, California, there’s plenty to do to celebrating the passing of this great influence on western canon: