Not the day of his birth, his coming to this world,
but the date his christened William Shakespeare.
Now four centuries since he passed away.
He dwelt among folk of many races,
since trade with the east brought spice,
cloths, religions, philosophies.
Thus he wrote a richness that few have matched.
Puns and satire, he played with words,
and turned roles of gender right around in
‘Romeo and Juliet’ – she was eager, he the passive.
It’s a ridicule of a love story of those times.
Quick of wit and dryness, it is still thought
to be a love story. He has fooled the experts
til this day!
Women faired not well – compliant daughters
or nagging wives. Oh, yes, true to the times he
was a good misogynist! Controlling fathers, thwarted
But the language he coined for us, so rich, moving,
tragic, fun.We speak them daily and remember not
that we owe them to the Bard