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Shakespeares works are timeless. P After four hundred years, people still read, study, and perform his plays and poetry. P Almost anyone can quote from several of his works. P The reason that people know them is because they have been a part of our culture constantly since they were published. It is important to study Shakespeare because it is a part of popular culture. P Popular culture refers to movies, television, and songs. P Have you heard Taylor Swifts song Love Story on the radio, which references
Romeo and Juliet? P Does your city have Shakespeare in the Park in the summer? P Did you know that the band in the Harry Potter series is called the Weird Sisters, after the characters in Macbeth?


P Ill bet you have heard comparisons of ones love to a summers day. P Shakespeare is everywhere. P If you dont study Shakespeare, you will miss these references. P You wont enjoy them or appreciate them, and you wont understand them. The greatest reason to study Shakespeare is that there is a reason it is still popular. P The stories themes are timeless. PPThese are tales of young love, madness, family drama, aging, ambition, murder, and intrigue. P Shakespeares poetry is clever and beautiful. P His plays cover multiple genres. PWhen you read and study the plays, you have a greater appreciation for them. PThere are so many works, and they have so much to offer.


Shakespeare is undoubtedly the worlds most influential poet and dramatist, leading Ben Jonson to note that, "He was not of an age, but for all time! " Four centuries later, Jonsons words still ring true. Students and people new to Without doubt, Hamlet is one of the greatest dramatic characters ever created and is possibly the crowning achievement of Shakespeares career. Shakespeares skilful and psychologically-astute characterization is utterly remarkable because it was written hundreds of years before the concept of psychology was invented. Shakespeares collection of 154 love sonnets is possibly the most beautiful written in the English language.


Although not necessarily Shakespeares best sonnet, Shall I Compare Thee to a Summers Day? is certainly his most famous. The sonnets endurance comes from Shakespeares ability to capture the essence of love so cleanly and succinctly. PShakespeare is best known for writing the greatest love story of all time: Romeo and Juliet. Thanks to Shakespeare, the name Romeo will forever be associated with young lovers and the play has become an enduring symbol of romanticism in popular culture. This tragedy has entertained across the generations, spawned endless stage versions and film adaptations including Baz Luhrmanns 1996 film classic.

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