#Shakespeares400: April Fool-ish Gifts

April is poetry month, and this April 2016 is even more poetic because the poet William Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary will be celebrated.

Based on the enthusiasm for the event, it is clear that Shakespeare is one of England’s greatest commodities. Put his portrait -any portrait- on any item, and some fan will snap it up. Put a line from one of his plays or sonnets ,and what was once a simple T-shirt, slip of paper, or rock, suddenly carries the wisdom of the Bard. No matter how ridiculous the  item, the imprimatur of Shakespeare legitimizes the purchase.

Since the month begins with April Fool’s Day, let’s begin with a few foolish items  for the Shakespeare fanatic, and yes, everyone of these items is for sale….just click on the links!

First, there is the Shakespearean Insult Baby Bodysuit…(Why would a baby insult anyone? Conversely, why would anyone insult a baby? )

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Alas and anon, there is the small puppet, Hamlet the Hamster , a much classier rodent than his chipmunk cousins, Simon, Theodore, and Alvin.

Hamlet the Hamster

There are the Writer’s Block, a literal representation of a figurative term (Shakespeare is all about the figurative language).

Writer's block

For those who feel an intimate personal relationship with the Bard, there is little concern about attending to bodily functions under the watchful eyes that decorate this  Shower Curtain:
Shower curtain

Finally, for those who spent hours with Cliff Notes, Spark Notes, Monarch Notes trying to figure out why Hamlet would know the difference between a hawk and a handsaw….OR for those who were forced to listen to a fellow student read aloud and stumble through Friar Lawrence’s speech about herbs….OR for those who ,instead of writing about the theme of revenge in Othello, would rather take a more satisfactory revenge….there is the Shakespeare Dartboard

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Happy Poetry Month! Happy 400th, Shakespeare! Happy April Fools!


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