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This article was published on April 22, 2016

Twitter is bringing Shakespeare back to life this weekend

Twitter is bringing Shakespeare back to life this weekend
Amanda Connolly
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April 23 marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare and just three days later is the 452nd anniversary of his birth. The prolific wordsmith produced nearly 40 plays and over 150 sonnets, poems and verses in his  52 years.

So to celebrate his life, the 21st century is doing what it does best and immortalising the legend as an emoji, of course.

The emoji will be officially launched on Twitter by actor Sir Patrick Stewart along with the hashtag #ShakespeareLives, which is meant to encourage people to recite their favorite Shakespearian quotes in a tweet or on Periscope and share it.

And if you’re lucky, your tweets might end up in the Twitter-published ‘Complete Works of Shakespeare’ too. Twitter is partnering with The Globe and using a Tweeting typewriter to scan all of the tweets live and hopefully complete all of the Bard’s famous works.

So if you think you know your Othello from your Macbeth then this weekend is your time to shine. And if not, below are some Shakespearian gems to get you started:

You starveling, you eel-skin, you dried neat’s-tongue, you bull’s-pizzle, you stock-fish–O for breath to utter what is like thee!-you tailor’s-yard, you sheath, you bow-case, you vile standing tuck! (Henry IV Part 1)

Away you three-inch fool! (The Taming of the Shrew)

Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit, for I am sick when I do look on thee. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. (Macbeth)

If you spend word for word with me, I shall make your wit bankrupt. (Two Gentlemen of Verona)

I wonder that you will still be talking. Nobody marks you. (Much Ado About Nothing)

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