Thank goodness for portraits and computer-generated imagery. Otherwise, how would People readers vote on the looks of historical figures. I mean, really. Shakespeare is like, you know, a writer or whatever. But was he HOT!?
According to People's readers, apparently not. 73% of readers gave Shakespeare a thumbs down. Clearly these people haven't read Sonnet 130. For shame! Let us help you out, dear People people:
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun
Coral is far more red than her lips' red:
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go,-
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
Let's see Zac Efron write something like that, eh?
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