Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Bard at 451

He Doesn't Look A Day Over 400  The birth of William Shakespeare is generally celebrated
on April 23rd, which also happens to be the date of his death--and Talk Like Shakespeare Day,
observed to commemorate the Bard's life and works.  Image courtesy of Farago Design.
Alas, 'tis April 23rd.  It must be Talk Like Shakespeare Day!  Doth the means escape thee?  Find an honest-to-goodness English to Shakespearean translator here.

'Twas this day 399 years ago that the world’s most famous playwright died.  While his actual date of birth is unknown, 'tis generally celebrated on April 23rd as well.  I am, of course, talking about William Shakespeare, the man who crafted such timeless classics as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus and near countless others.

'Tis impossible not to see the impact of the Bard on Western culture.  Who hasn’t compared their significant other to Romeo or Juliet?  Or asked to be or not to be, that is the question when faced with a decision to make?  Who doesn’t have a chill runneth down their spine when they read the words, Beware the ides of March?  And who hasn’t used these 45 Everyday Phrases Coined By Shakespeare?  Yes, Shakespeare’s influence has been great upon most of the world.

The collections of the TWU Libraries are a reflection of this literary figure’s colossal impact.  At the Denton campus library alone, over 1,000 print books written by or about the Bard are available.  Our online resources are also vast.  Searching for a scholarly article on Shakespeare?  The best places to look are the databases Literature Resource Center and MLA International Bibliography (don’t forget--you’ll have to log in with your Pioneer Portal credentials).  For assistance with these online resources, call 940-898-3701 (Denton); 214-689-6580 (Dallas); or 713-794-2048 (Houston).  Thou can also always cometh by to see us!

~Jason Mims

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