source: biography.com

source: biography.com

Non-literature lovers might not get the fuzz the world is going through now over a dead writer. He is just a writer, and he died 400 years ago, they are saying. But Shakespeare for Literature lovers is more than just a writer who died 400 years ago. Beyond reading his books that span continents, Shakespeare has influenced the society as we know it today. His books resonate with almost every member of the society, though settings for Shakespeare’s plays range from Italy and Greece to the desert island of Troy and other places the reader might never have been to.

Furthermore, a lot of phrases we use today originate from the great writer who wrote 37 plays. He gave the English language hundreds of common phrases, some of which are:
– Good Riddance from Troilus and Cressida,
– Break the Ice – Shakespeare wrote this in his 1590 play The Taming of the Shrew.
– Wild Goose Chase which was first seen in Romeo and Juliet, a person who goes on a wild goose chase is searching for something that’s likely not attainable.
– Love Is Blind from his play, the Merchant of Venice.
– Naked Truth – Shakespeare wrote this phrase in his play “Love’s Labour’s lost,” written in the 1590s. It means what you think: the complete and utter truth.
Two fun facts:
– His plays have been performed in almost every country on Earth
– It is speculated that Shakespeare may have died on his birthday – April 23 1616.

Author: Ope Adedeji