On the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death The Society April 26, 2016 Culture, Poetry, Shakespeare 2 Comments William Shakespeare is believed to have died on April 23, 1616. Post your commemorative poems in the comments section or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remembering Shakespeare By Dusty Grein The Bard of Avon gave us many gifts. An actor, true, but he was so much more; A poet of renown and dramatist, He bestowed plays and sonnets by the score. A poet’s heart inside his soul did burn In words of iambs, five across in verse. Both comedies and tragedies in turn, He penned, great works that actors still rehearse. William Shakespeare has now become a name That’s taught in school, along with all his rhymes. His writing has become his claim to fame. Four hundred years–it’s stood the test of time. Around the world we keep his memory, Immortal now, “To be or not to be.” A 52 year old grandfather, Dusty has just recently become a professional author. He lives in Newberg, Oregon, where a dog named Naked, and his youngest daughter Jazzmyn keep him busy. Composed Upon the 400th Anniversary of His Death: April 23, 2016 By Wilude Scabere Shall I compare his language to a grave? It is more lively and more flowery. His rough-shook words refuse to be death’s slave. No tomb’s as showy or so showery. A sepulchre, though hard as rock, erodes, and shrines do often lose their lustre’s prime, while monuments, though nice, make poor abodes, and sadly catacombs decay in time. But Shakespeare’s language will not go away. Unceasingly, his lines play in the mind. They pop up even on a summer’s day. Unlike a crypt, they will not stay behind. Alas, poor Oracle, his song goes on, despite all efforts of oblivion. Wilude Scabere is a poet living in Washington State. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 2 Responses Alan W. Jankowski April 26, 2016 He also coined many of the words we use today…about 1700 by some estimates… https://www.grammarly.com/blog/2012/how-the-english-language-is-shakespeares-language/ Reply B G April 27, 2016 Finally, I get to see a lovely portrait of ‘The Bard.’ I must have seen it before, but I just feel so much more comfortable looking at this portrait! Maybe it’s because of my notions, but I think it’s just splendid. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.