April 23rd marks the death anniversary of William Shakespeare, an outstanding playwright, and Poet of the English language, whose impact will always remain on the international literature.
By Sapna Nusrat
“Nothing is originally good or bad, but one’s thinking makes it so.” says the great William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564 –April 23, 1616) the outstanding playwright, and Poet of the English language, whose impact will always remain on the international literature.
Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK on April 26, 1564. This poet of jolly nature well defined everything that could be a part of our life. He was a great bard due to his multi-intellectuality on his dramas including “Things I hate about you” and “She is the man” in prose and sonnets etc. in poetry. He penned down 154 sonnets that all were on a variety of contents, all published in quarto during 1609.
Shakespeare has vastly introduced English literature, up to a level, that now ‘sonnet’ the poetic genre is labelled as ‘English sonnet’ or ‘the Shakespearian sonnet’. He brought unique perspectives of life, love, sympathy and other ample emotions, through his thoughts. His plays as well as poetry had a high voyage that occupied perspectives of entire England and beyond. When he felt afflicted, he wrote ‘King Lear’ while in quarantine during the plague.
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
Shakespeare preferred the approach over the sight because the mind is the only thing, which buoy’s best in act of sightedness.
Since Literature is considered to be the interpreter of our life. According to Shakespeare’s critics, his personal tragedies concerning him made him create iconic and outstanding characters like:
‘The Romeo Juliet’ (the Star- Crossed Lover)
‘Macbeth’ (Life is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury. signifying nothing)
‘Othello’, Hamlet (Women lying is in the heart not under the feet or premier) Etcetera.
It is actually a creative and expressive declaration of hamlet tragedy. Much ado about nothing, ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘The poem under the greenwood tree’ and ‘Seven stages of man’, in which he has told about how we start our life and reverse back to our origins in our whole life, crossing 7 various stages.
James Shapiro, the author of ‘Shakespeare in a divided America’ told that since last 2 years for the first time in 200 years, Shakespeare is not being performed anywhere in the world. It is a great loss for English literature and can deprive the spectators as well as the players of Shakespeare’s work.
Shakespeare was suffering from dyslexia; that’s the learning disability of acquiring or processing language, but today we cannot come to a perfect state of study, without studying him. He taught us how to live with pandemics and other life-threatening challenges. In the opinion about pandemics, he told that we should not focus on the statistics but on wonderfully, weirdly, cussedly, irredeemably individuals.
“I cried when I had no shoes,
But stopped crying, when I saw a man
Without a leg
So be happy with what
With his exceptional methodology, he transformed the world of literature forever, for which we’re eternally grateful for his contributions to the world of letters.
He left 405 years before the date, on April 23, in 1616 at the age of 52 only.
I admire him because of his unique thoughts, incredible approach and appealing craft of writing. This ‘National poet of English language’ will live for the times to come.
Though, he says himself:
“Truth may seem but cannot be;
Beauty brag but ’tis, not she;
Truth and beauty buried be.”
But, the truth lies in his thoughts and the beauty lies in his diction and presentation cannot die and can never be buried.
About the Author
The author is a pharmacy student in People’s University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women, Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah). She has been writing blogs since 2016.