Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Shakespeare 400

Shakespeare 400 
A week-long celebration of the Bard 
April 23-30, 2016 

With 2016 marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, cultural, educational, and creative groups across the globe are taking the opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy. In his 52 years, William Shakespeare created some of the world’s most memorable and beloved plays and sonnets. Today, contemporary audiences continue to enjoy his works through stage and screen, in both classic interpretations and modern retellings. From Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet to West Side Story to Warm Bodies, the characters, themes, and emotions of Shakespeare’s works resonate with audiences across the centuries. His impact on poetry and literature ranges from the perfection of blank verse to influencing the likes of Charles Dickens and William Faulkner.

Moreover, Shakespeare literally changed the English language. By adding prefixes and suffixes, incorporating words from other languages, and exploiting multiple meanings of words, he was able to coin and popularize words and phrases that we use today. Scholars estimate that Shakespeare coined approximately 1,700 new words and popularized hundreds more. He also contributed significantly to the standardization of spelling, grammar, and vocabulary.

The Brentwood Library is hosting a wide range of programs designed to entertain and inform.