National Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Many people think he was “The Bard”, but we all know him as Shakespeare. His style of speaking is unmistakable throughout his works. Shakespearean plays were the beginning of a great myth. This myth shaped the voices of every generation that followed. National Talk Like Shakespeare Day invites you to be a part of this myth and spend the entire day speaking forsoothly.
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day, as the name suggests, encourages you talk like Shakespeare! William Shakespeare is the most well-known and respected playwright and poet in the world. He was born in April 1564 and is still revered to this day. Many people remember going to the theatre and seeing a Shakespeare play. There is no better way than to pay tribute to Shakespeare than to dedicate yourself to speaking as he did on this day.
It is difficult to speak like Shakespeare. You will be able to identify what we mean if you have read any of Shakespeare’s plays. There are many tricks you can use to sound like Shakespeare. Instead of using the words they or you, you can instead use the words ye and thee and thou. You are encouraged to use creative insults and rhymed couplets on National Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Did you know that Shakespeare is the author of many phrases we use today?
Since 2009, this day has been celebrated. The Shakespeare Theater in Chicago launched the first National Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Talk Like a Pirate Day inspired the idea for this day. Theater company decided that, since we already have a day where we speak like pirates we should also have a day where we talk like Shakespeare. Many theaters around the globe celebrate this day with different events and celebrations.
We are referring to the myth that all people of Shakespeare’s time spoke the same way. Truth is, Shakespeare’s speech and spelling were very different from the one he used in his works. This was a stage voice that was used to romanticize plays and give them more impact to the ears of people who saw them. It has been widely believed that this speech is the best of all time over the years.
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day encourages people to live that speech and bring the stage to the rest of the world. Remember, “All the earth is a stage and all the people and women are players.” This day allows you to bring Shakespeare’s words to life, to entertain your friends, and to share the rich, colorful speech with your companions. If you can’t bring people to the Globe Theater then you can bring Globe Theater to them!
Speak, speak, Thou Noble, wise personage! Use passion and color to speak to your fellows. Do not use thy quiet voice, whispering in shadows as if you were a fool painting numbers on a wall. Let thy pathos be loud and true. Shower those you love with words like rose petals and poke at their skins with jibes that look like barbs on a legionnaires’ spear.
You can also honor National Talk Like Shakespeare Day in a variety of ways. One way is to read one of Shakespeare’s works. You will be able to better understand the language he used. Shakespeare wrote many amazing and famous plays. Shakespeare’s plays include Hamlet and Macbeth, King Lear and The Tempest, as well as Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet. Many of his plays have been made into movies, so you can see them on the big screen if you prefer.
This day could be used to attempt your hand at becoming Shakespeare. This date is bound to see a lot poetry contests. Shakespeare is known for his sonnets. A sonnet is a 14-line poetry that is composed of one couplet, three quatrains and is 14 lines long. To see what you can do, create your own sonnet. William Shakespeare has written 154 sonnets, so there are plenty of ideas to get you started.
It may be possible that they will view you oddly. But such is the danger of casting pearls before the swine. National Talk Like Shakespeare Day allows you to let your inner actor shine!