中英對照讀新聞》Shakespeare’s portrait sent to edge of space to mark 400 years of ’First Folio’紀念「第一對開本」400週年 莎士比亞肖像被送達太空邊界
A portrait of William Shakespeare and a copy of a speech from "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" were sent to the edge of space as part of a short film series marking 400 years since the first volume of the playwright’s works was published.
Shakespeare’s First Folio was compiled by his friends and published on Nov. 8, 1623, seven years after his death. Some 750 copies are believed to have been printed, containing 36 of the 37 plays Shakespeare wrote, arranged for the first time as comedies, tragedies and histories.
To mark the anniversary, filmmaker Jack Jewers made six short films addressing contemporary themes including space exploration, the impact of the COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine using six of Shakespeare’s speeches and poems.
The First Folio is considered one of the most important books in English literature. Without it, 18 plays, including "Macbeth", would have been lost.
volume：名詞，書、卷、冊。例句：This volume of poetry made her a famous poet.（這本詩集讓她成為了知名詩人）
contemporary：形容詞，當代的、現代的。例句：One of the contemporary challenges we are facing is climate change.（氣候變遷是我們正面臨的當代挑戰之一）