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Remembering William Shakespeare On ‘English Language Day’

English language day is celebrated on every 23rd April in all over the world. But what's the reason behind it ?

William Shakespeare

English language day is celebrated on every 23rd of April in all over the world. But what’s the reason behind it?
Actually it has been seen that this day is best known for remembering William Shakespeare. Though his birth date is not sure anywhere its traditionally being celebrated on 23rd April, and he was born in April 1564 in United Nations. This date has been traditionally believed as the birth and death day of William Shakespeare, United Nations observes ‘English Language Day’. English Language Day was first celebrated in 2010 and this special day was designed to raise awareness of the history, culture and achievements of the language. The English language’s most famous playwright, Shakespeare had a huge impact on modern-day English and that’s why Government made his birth and death day 23rd April as English day. At the time he was writing, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the English language was going through a lot of changes and Shakespeare’s creativity with language meant he contributed hundreds of new words and phrases that are still used today. His contribution to the English Language makes it indispensable that English Language Day is celebrated on the date which is both his birthday and death day. William Shakespeare is known as the most celebrated English poets who left behind a seminal body of work in the form of plays and poems. But the true fact is by the time he was first mentioned in print as a playwright in 1592, almost half his life was over.

William Shakespeare Biography

He was the third of eight children born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. He married Anne Hathway in 1582 and had three children. Record of his life before he emerged on the London Theatre scene is sparse. William Shakespeare is credited with writing at least 37 plays which include his famous tragedies Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth, famous comedies like The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and Twelfth Knight, and historical plays like Henry V and Richard III. He also wrote 154 sonnets. Shakespearean Sonnets are written predominantly in the iambic pentameter rhyme, a rhyme which is also followed in most of his plays, albeit the lines are unrhymed and not grouped in stanzas. With that, he is the most famous and most taught writer of English to date. Now in whole the world more than 1.75 billion people speak English – which is around 1 in 4 people around the world. The English language has been used more and more as a way for two speakers with different first languages to communicate with each other which connects them easily, and in all the world the meaning of talk or communicate more important than the need to hear another sound like a native speaker. And that’s how language use is starting to change. The English language is the most used language in the world to communicate easily and that’s why the need of its day arose and that’s how its formation happened.


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