ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Shakespeare Lives!

A tribute to the Bard of Avon who, 400 years after his death, lives on in the varied treatments and interpretations of his oeuvre that straddle cultures and art forms.

Four hundred years have passed since William Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616 but he continues to live through his works and hence is a living phenomenon. Every year scores of books and articles are published about him or his works, making him perhaps the most living of all writers. Shakespeare has existed not simply as a dramatist, but as a phenomenon who authored a set of works that challengingly lend themselves to multifarious forms of literary and critical expressions, fulfilling the tastes and demands of changing times.

There is an interesting narrative about the way Shakespeare was received in his own country. Stephen Greenblatt records that Great Britain did not mourn the death of its own bard as much as it did when an actor who played the roles of Shakespeare’s characters died and, sadly, the great poet was not buried in Westminster Abbey, a special place of rest for Britain’s men of letters.

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