William Shakespeare’s birthday is believed to be April 23, 1564; he died 52 years later, on April 23, 1616. In honor of what would be the Bard’s 452nd birthday as well as the 400th anniversary of his death, we’ve composed a quiz by which you can determine which of his brilliant, complex, iambic pentameter-spouting hero(ines) you are. So get thee to a computer and find out whether you’re a Prince of Denmark or a King of Scotland!
Today we celebrate the death and birth
Of poet, playwright, master sonneteer,
Beloved above all dramatists on earth:
The Bard of Avon, one William Shakespeare.
Whether fatally flawed or comic gold,
His hero(ine)s ‘cross a wide spectrum span;
His genius, wisdom, vision doth behold
The hidden truths, profoundest depths of man.
If thou couldst know which figure doth reflect
Thine own character, wouldst thou not so choose?
Thus, for his birth- and deathday, we project,
By way of this true test, whose hero’s whose.
Though ‘tis, in faith, an empty exercise,
Thou art compelled to quiz, to be so wise.