Liebe Schülerinnen und Schüler der Limesschule Idstein,
im April vor genau vierhundert Jahren verstarb William Shakespeare, der weltberühmte Poet aus England. Eine Schülerin (Juliane) und ein Schüler (Martin) der 9aG haben zu diesem Anlass je einen Text verfasst, um dieses Jubiläum nicht ganz unbemerkt verstreichen zu lassen.
Juliane ist hierzu für euch in William Shakespeares Haut geschlüpft und Martin hat sich Gedanken zur heutigen Relevanz Shakespeares gemacht. Hier nun ihre Texte. Viel Freude beim Lesen!
Edward Rodolfi, Klassenlehrer
My dearest friends at Limesschule in Idstein (by Juliane Schneider, 9aG),
my name is William Shakespeare. I am an author.
I was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on St. George's Day in 1564 and I died 400 years ago on 23 April 1616. Although I've been dead for 400 years, people still know and like my plays. Some even say I am the best poet that has ever lived. Well, I think they exaggerate J
Although I had a good education when I was ypung, I never went to university. I think I'm much better at writing plays and poems than spending my whole day at boring courses. My favorite things to write are tragedies like “Hamlet” or “Romeo and Juliet”, and comedies like “A Midsummer Night's Dream”.
The story of Hamlet is about the prince of Denmark who has to make some important decisions. His father is killed by his uncle, just later marry Hamlet’s mother, the Queen, to become King himself. Poor boy! Romeo and Juliet is about the love between two young people from noble families that are enemies. Although it has such a sad ending (both die at a very young age), it's incredibly romantic and one of my most popular plays.
Have I mentioned that I am an actor as well? No? Well, I am. Hamlet was just performed at the Globe theatre in London. A big theatre, and it's not like the ones you know.
It went very well, all of the actors played excellently and the spectators liked it a lot (good, because if they don’t like the play, they might throw apples and shoes onto the stage – that hurts sometimes!). I hope you will watch one of my plays in the future. Tell me how you liked it if you can.
About the relevance of Shakespeare nowadays (by Martin Castaño, 9aG)
Hello students at Limesschule!
William Shakespeare died 400 years ago on April 23, 1616. Probably some of you don’t know who Shakespeare was. Shakespeare was an actor, dramatist and poet. He wrote lots of dramas and poems, one of his most famous dramas is Romeo & Juliet.
The question I want to write about is: Is he still important for us or should he be forgotten?
You can transfer most of his sayings to today`s society. An example is “Nothing will come of nothing.” (King Lear) The meaning of this quote is that you have to work hard to achieve or earn something and it fits perfectly into our society which is oriented towards performance. We as students in a school won’t earn good grades or our graduation if we don´t learn for school.
Another example is “The time of life is short; To spend that shortness basely were too long.” (King Henry IV). He wants us to live our lives well and not to waste our time. We should spend our time for things that we enjoy.
Shakespeare’s importance for modern English
Another point why Shakespeare is nowadays still relevant is that he introduced over 1,000 new words into the English language, which we’re still using today. He also expanded the English grammar.
Shakespeare’s stories are timeless because he introduced themes that are used in modern movies and theatre plays, such as treason in “Julius Cesar”.
Shakespeare on refugees
In his play “Sir Thomas More”, Shakespeare writes about refugees. In the 1590s, lots of religious refugees came to Great Britain. There were lots of riots against them. In the play, Thomas More criticizes the riots and asks the crowd to imagine how they would feel if they were refugees. He reminds them that they are also strangers outside England and that they have to treat the refugees well:
“Imagine that you see the wretched strangers,
Their babies at their backs and their poor luggage,
Plodding to the ports and coasts for transportation,
And that you sit as kings in your desires, (…)
You’ll put down strangers,
Kill them, cut their throats, possess their houses, (…)
As but to banish you: whither would you go?
What country, by the nature of your error,
Should give you harbour? (…)
Nay, anywhere that not adheres to England:
Why, you must needs be strangers.”
(The Book of Sir Thomas More)
All in all, I think Shakespeare is still important today because a lot of his quotes still apply to our world. His dramas are timeless.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article. Read his plays!