William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616), English poet and playwright, is considered the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s most famous dramatist. No one really knows when Shakespeare was born, but traditionally, April 23, St George’s Day, has been accepted as his birthday.
Shakespear is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. His famous sonnets were a prototype of a modern love poetry and truly outlived its creator.
Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
but you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone, besmeared with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
‘Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even if the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the judgment that yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lovers’ eyes