Friends, Romans, countrymen, misfits—lend me your ears!
I’m about to tell you the most exciting news you’ll hear all week. Here it comes… It’s almost William Shakespeare’s birthday! That’s right; Stratford’s greatest son turns 450 tomorrow!
If you’ve ever taken an English literature class, chances are you’ve read Shakespeare. Even if you haven’t, you can probably name a few of his plays, and quote a few lines. Centuries after his death, we read and embrace his work for its ability to flawlessly translate emotion into words. Regardless of culture, religion, race, or any other difference, we can all understand Shakespeare on a fundamental level. He makes us laugh, he makes us cry, he makes us think, he makes us grow… and that’s why we love him.
His work is timeless and we at Misfit are certainly not alone in considering him to be one of the greatest authors that has ever existed (AJ quotes him on an almost daily basis). Even those who have never indulged directly in the work of Shakespeare owe much to his invention of over 1700 words and phrases (lonely, laughable, majestic, to name but a few). Shakespeare’s influence reaches far and wide, from college students studying the iambic pentameter to anyone who has ever said the phrases, ‘come what may’, ‘I haven’t slept a wink’, ‘the be all and end all’ or ‘good riddance!’.
This week, we’re partnering with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to wish England’s national poet a very happy birthday. We want to gather as many people as possible in one digital place to cast a spotlight on his everlasting influence on the lives of fans across the globe. From April 21st to the 27th, we invite you to join us on this mission by telling the world how Shakespeare has impacted you. Create a blog post, snap a pic, record a Vine, compose a Tweet, write a sonnet… just upload your contribution to happybirthdayshakespeare.com and - this is the most important bit - make sure you use the hashtag #happybirthdayshakespeare.
In the past, Happy Birthday Shakespeare has included hundreds of participants from all walks of life. You can check out our previous campaigns from 2011, 2012, and 2013. This year, we hope to trump our prior celebrations and give Shakespeare a birthday worth waiting 450 years for.
To quote the man himself: “They do not love that do not show their love”. So show your love for the Bard of Avon this week and let us know what he means to you.
Fare thee well, friends.
Written by Amanda, the best intern that has ever existed and probably the future President of the United States of America. Seriously, this girl is amazing.