Come on, just look at that balding head. Who wouldn't want to get to know this guy?
Personally my love affair with the Bard started back in middle school. Since then I attended and worked at a Shakespeare camp for almost 10 years, I've been to England twice to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday, and at some point I want to work for the Royal Shakespeare Company (and I am perfectly ok with licking envelopes). So it's easy to say I really, really, like the bard. And why not? The man just has a way with words. he is able to take human emotion, thought and character, take the loftiest concepts that we as humans have, love, hate, joy, vengeance, grief, friendship, loyalty, and condense them down to beautifully constructed poetry. Not only that but his works were written over 400 years ago, and they still remain relevant today. And it's not only in English speaking countries. His works are performed all around the world, because he understood humans and people still need that understanding and self reflection.
"I have of late--but
wherefore I know not--lost all my mirth, forgone all
custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily
with my disposition that this goodly frame, the
earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most
excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave
o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted
with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to
me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.
What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!
how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how
express and admirable! in action how like an angel!
in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the
world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me,
what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not