“And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet's pen turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothings a local habitation and a name.”
Present day English language owes much to William Shakespeare. Words like fashionable, frugal, excellent, barefaced, assassination, countless, eyeball, lackluster first appeared within his writings.
After approximately 884,421 words & 34,895 speeches written across 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and 2 other poems, Shakespeare passed away at the age of 52 on his own birthday April 23rd, 1616, or so we think.
One of William’s plays Cardenio was lost in time. We know it was performed in England but no known copies survive today.