Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!
As both a former Theatre Major (“All the world’s a Stage”) and a Present-Day writer (“What’s in a name?”), I wish a heartfelt Happy Birthday to William Shakespeare. My love for his work (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”) is based in a love of characters whose emotions have so moved them that mere prose no longer suffices and instead they are lifted into the world of verse. Or in the present day, song (“If music be the food of love, play on!”) I believe we wouldn’t have the modern musical without him paving the way with this theatrical convention.
This link is an awesome summary of phrases that we all use or at least are familiar with that originated from the Bard Himself. I hope you enjoy it and think of him next time you or one of your characters uses one of them.
“This above all: to thine own self be true!”