Ophelia (detail). By John Everett Millais, 1851–2. Tate Britain. Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing. By William Blake, c Tate Britain. Hamlet, Horatio, Marcellus, and the Ghost of Hamlet's Father. Henry Fuseli, 1780–5. Kunsthaus Zürich. Many great artists depicted Shakespeares characters
Sir John Gilbert's 1849 painting: The Plays of William Shakespeare, containing scenes and characters from several of William Shakespeare's plays.
Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest Now is the time that face should form another; Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest, Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother. For where is she so fair whose unear'd womb Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry? Or who is he so fond will be the tomb Of his self-love, to stop posterity? Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee Calls back the lovely April of her prime: So thou through windows of thine age shall see Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time. But if thou live, remember'd not to be, Die single, and thine image dies with thee.
Прекрасный облик в зеркале ты видишь, И, если повторить не поспешишь Свои черты, природу ты обидишь, Благословенья женщину лишишь. Какая смертная не будет рада Отдать тебе нетронутую новь? Или бессмертия тебе не надо, - Так велика к себе твоя любовь? Для материнских глаз ты - отраженье Давно промчавшихся апрельских дней. И ты найдешь под старость утешенье В таких же окнах юности твоей. Но, ограничив жизнь своей судьбою, Ты сам умрешь, и образ твой - с тобою. Перевод С. Маршака
William Shakespeare made his will early in 1616, about the time his daughter Judith married Thomas Quincey; and on the twenty-third day of April, the same day of the same month in which he is supposed to have been born, he died. Two days later he was buried in the chancel of the Church of the Holy Trinity at Stratford, where, on the now famous grave, are carved the lines: Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbeare To dig the dust enclosed here; Blest be the man that spares these stones, And curst be he that moves my bones.
Shakespeare was both baptized, and now rests, in Holy Trinity Church, which is alongside the Avon.
This is the spot where he lies. "O, such another sleep, that I might see But such another man,.. As this I dream'd of".
Around 150 years after Shakespeare's death, doubts began to emerge about the authorship of Shakespeare's works. Alternative candidates proposed include Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, and Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford. Although all alternative candidates are almost universally rejected in academic circles, popular interest in the subject, particularly the Oxfordian theory, has continued into the 21st century.