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Shakespeare Scarecrow!

October 9, 2012

 
 
 
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;” come by the
Writing Center this week to check out our
Shakespeare Scarecrow (Julius Ceasar Act 3, scene 2, 74-77)!

In celebration of The City of Leesburg’s Scarecrow Festival, the Writing Center has made a Scarecrow in honor of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare was a famous playwright that captured conflict, love, and human emotion in his writings. Here are some interesting facts about Shakespeare:

·         During his life, Shakespeare wrote 37 playsand 154 sonnets! This means an average 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589.

·         Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway when he was 17. She was 26 and she was pregnant when they married. Their first child was born six months after the wedding.

·         Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway when he was 17. She was 26 and she was pregnant when they married. Their first child was born six months after the wedding.

·         Few people realize that apart from writing his numerous playsand sonnets, Shakespeare was also an actor who performed many of his own plays as well as those of other playwrights.


·         Almost four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death there are 157 million pages referring to him on Google. There are 132 million for God, 2.7 million for Elvis Presley, and coming up on Shakespeare’s heels, George W Bush with 14.7 million.

·         Shakespeare wrote many more plays than the ones we know about. It’s certain that he wrote a play titled Cardenio, which has been lost, but scholars think he wrote about twenty that have gone without a trace.

·         Shakespeare is the second most quoted writer in the English language – after the various writers of the Bible

·         Shakespeare’s original grave marker showed him holding a bag of grain. Citizens of Stratford replaced the bag with a quill in 1747.

·         Some of Shakespeare’s signatures have survived on original documents. In none of them does he spell his name in what has become the standard way. He spells it Shakespe; Shakspe; Shakspere and Shakespear.

“This above all: to thine own self be true”. – Hamlet (Act I, Scene III).
 
Cited From:

“Shakespeare Facts: Read Facts About William Shakespeare.” Shakespeare Facts: 30 Interesting Facts About William Shakespeare. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2012. <http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/resources/shakespeare-facts/>.

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