Puget Sound English Department

April 8, 2009

Shakespeare and April

Filed under: Literature — O. @ 6:23 pm

shakeWilliam Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616.  He may also have been born on April 23, but no one knows for sure. There is a baptismal record for April 26th (1564). 

Traditionally, however, his birthday’s been celebrated on April 23, so get ready to send your favorite Shakespeare sonnet to a friend or do what you need to do to give W.S. his props (theatrical and otherwise).

Our resident Shakespeare experts, by the way, include Professors Peter Greenfield and Florence Sandler and Visiting Assistant Professor Laurie Frankel.  The department is well stocked with some serious Shakespearian knowledge.

An “April” quotation from As You Like It (Act IV, Scene 1):

“Men are April when they woo, and December when they wed.”

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