It’s William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday today! Since records state that he was baptised on April 26th, the widely-accepted date of his birth is April 23rd, 1564. To join in the festivities, I’ve -attempted- to compose a sonnet for him:
A toast to Will, the Bard of Avon, true
He turns four hundred forty-nine today.
Of speech and song his words still ring in cue,
Resounding deep in script and stage to stay.
His language is a twisting, turning ink
Medicine for human heart and mind.
It shapes and gives a necessary link
For fervent souls who seek and wish to find:
A love both sick and beautiful to face,
A humour, bawdy and yet full of wit.
A sadness of a heavy, drawn out case
All spun into a Globe so brightly lit.
Plays are things, an entertaining sell,
But Shakespeare gives us more than what is well.
Happy Birthday, Will!
(Sonnet and image edit by Vineeta)