Saturday’s Google doodle celebrates the incredible work of William Shakespeare, regarded as the most prolific writer in the English language. April 23 this year is the 400th death anniversary of the British bard.
The Google doodle features the bard in the middle, with four illustrations from his plays on either side of him. The illustrations depict some of his most iconic plays, such as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. Two of the illustrations that seem more general are those of a shipwreck and a king seated upon his throne.
Famously known as the ‘Bard of Avon’, Shakespeare was a renowned poet, playwright and and an actor. He is also celebrated as England’s National Poet. The continued interest in his works as well as the performances of his plays are testament to the enduring quality of the themes he chose.
Celebrations have commenced in England as well as in other countries to remember Shakespeare’s work, which has found reflection in cinematic work across languages and nations.
This day is also St George’s Day, celebrated by several countries where he is the patron saint. St George is famous from legends that depict him slaying a dragon in order to save a princess.