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A Chinese Writer’s Pilgrimage to Shakespeare’s Stratford: Unveiling the Mystery of a Literary Giant

  When I came to England, my biggest impulse was to visit Shakespeare’s hometown and express a small Chinese writer’s admiration for the world’s great literary giant.
  Departing from London Paddington Railway Station to Shakespeare’s hometown, the ticket is clearly printed on: Stratford-upon-Avon. This is the first time I have seen such a train ticket with descriptive text.
  Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare, here we come!
  The River Avon flows slowly through rolling green fields and through the quiet and ancient town of Stratford. On both sides of the Avon River, trees are dyed green, and ancient houses are arranged in order from the shore according to their seniority. The Victorian buildings are steep and heavy, the Gothic buildings are beautiful and fantastic, the ancient houses are rough and simple, black and white swans and wild ducks chase and play in the river, church bells ring, and the river ripples… Shakespeare’s former residence is
  here Located in an old two-story wooden building east of Henry Street in Stratford Town, just a stone’s throw from the Avon River. Walking into the long-awaited former residence of Shakespeare and knocking on the door of the 16th century, it seems that Shakespeare has not gone far, but just arrived at the river or the street. The first floor is the living room and kitchen. The hearth of the fireplace is still bright red. Steaks and knives and forks are placed on the dining table. The coffee pot and cups look a bit rough. The second floor is Shakespeare’s bedroom and study room. What we see now is just a wax figure of Shakespeare showing a thoughtful expression. This kind of thinking is bound to last for hundreds of years and will continue.
  The statue of Shakespeare stands in the small garden, a group of sculptures obviously of later design and construction. In addition to the Shakespeare statue that needs to be looked up at, there are also four character statues that can be looked up at. They are all characters in Shakespeare’s works. Because of Shakespeare, they have become eternal. They are Falstaff in “Henry IV”, The Crown Prince in “Henry V”, Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth”, Hamlet in “Hamlet”, they come out of the work and surround Shakespeare. There are very distinctive plants planted in the small garden, because these statues and those plants all look smiling and tell eternal humor.
  There are a thousand Hamlets in the hearts of a thousand people, but there is only one Shakespeare in our hearts!
  Outside the door of Shakespeare’s former residence is the ancient town of Stratford. Today’s town is just like Shakespeare’s town. The signboards in shops, streets, and hotels are designed or decorated with either Shakespeare’s name, Shakespeare’s avatar, or Shakespeare’s name. The characters and plots in the drama, walking into the town is like walking into Shakespeare’s world. There are 20,000 people living in the town, but as many as 1.5 million people come to the town to see Shakespeare every year.
  Some people call the town of Stratford the hometown of Romeo and Juliet, making the town a romantic place. The largest number of tourists in the town are newlyweds from all over the world, who are pursuing the holy and beautiful love described by Shakespeare. With the small town as the background, the Avon River as the background, and the great Shakespeare as the background, witness the most beautiful love.
  Like many great writers in the history of world literature, Shakespeare did not attract much attention during his lifetime. He experienced tragedies and comedies in life and created tragedies and comedies in art. He was just an old apple tree with twisted branches, or a weather-beaten sycamore tree, and his plays did not spread around the world until a century after his death.
  The people have gone, but the trees are still there, full of beautiful flowers.
  From Henry Street, where Shakespeare was born, to his final gravesite, Holy Trinity Church, a distance of several hundred meters. Shakespeare walked 52 years and we walked for 10 minutes.
  With his outstanding works, Shakespeare’s name has gone to the world from Henry Street. 37 plays, 2 long narrative poems, and 154 sonnets have gone to the world in various languages. The number of versions and the huge number are second only to “Bible”.
  In addition to leaving behind great works, history has not recorded many stories about Shakespeare during his lifetime. This is a pity for the world. This is the mystery of a great literary giant!

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