It’s one thing to start every day with a poem. But another altogether to start your day with a poet. One of our favorite days of the year is fast approaching, when we encourage people around the world to take their favorite poet to work for the day.
Take Your Poet to Work Day is coming July 15
To help you play and celebrate with us, we’re releasing poets each week in a compact, convenient format you can tuck in your pocket, tool belt, or lunchbox. We started our celebration two years ago with Sara Teasdale, Pablo Neruda, T. S. Eliot, Rumi, Edgar Allan Poe, and the reclusive Emily Dickinson (for folks who work at home). We even released a full collection, The Haiku Masters: Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, and Kobayashi Issa. And last year, we added Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich, John Keats, William Butler Yeats, Christina Rossetti and the beloved 20th-century American poet, Sylvia Plath.
Because you can never have too many poets in your lunch box (or your desk drawer), we have a new collection of poets to release this year, beginning with the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare.
Take Your Poet to Work: William Shakespeare
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William Shakespeare, the “Bard of Avon,” was an English poet and playwright and is generally considered to be the greatest English-language writer. He was born in 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon and married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18. He and Anne had three children.
By the late 1500s, Shakespeare was working as an actor and playwright in London, eventually building a theatre (The Globe) on the Thames River with his business partners.
Shakespeare is credited with authoring 38 plays including tragedies Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet as well as comedies A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. He also wrote 154 sonnets (hence the Shakespearean sonnet style) and a pair of of narrative poems. Because little is known of his personal history, and because of his limited academic credentials, speculation has arisen from time to time as to the actual authorship of work credited to him.
William Shakespeare died in 1616, leaving behind a long legacy of poems and plays, many of which have been reimagined in a variety of forms.
Sonnet 130: My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun
Sonnet 33: Full many a glorious morning have I seen
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