Shakespeare Day: BBC Sport readers send in their sonnets on 400th anniversary

Shakespeare enthusiasts pose in masks of the Bard
How well do readers of the Saturday football live page know their Shakespeare? Very well indeed, it seems...

On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the famous playwright and poet is being celebrated throughout the UK.

Here at BBC Sport, we asked you to pitch in as part of our Saturday football live page.

So, which footballer or manager would you liken to a Shakespearean character? Which of his plays best sums up your season?

There were loads of responses - but the best lines came from those who went a step further and composed their own sonnets...

How about this from English teacher and Crystal Palace fan Dan?

Shall I compare thee to Stoke City away?

The icy potteries are not so temperate

We question if cold December Tuesday

Is the mark of a player we rate.

Sometimes too hot the glare of media shines

And often is a showboater dimm'd

From every foul to foul he does decline

By lack of support from those around him.

But Leicester's eternal summer will not fade

Nor lose possession from a foul unfairest.

Nor shall United brag how much they paid

For Vardy, Drinkwater or Mahrez.

So long as Ranieri breathes and eyes can see

The Premier League goes to Leicester City.

Jamie Vardy and Claudio Ranieri
What would the Tinkerman make of all this?

Naturally, Leicester closing in on the Premier League title was a rich source of inspiration.

John Rogers: Raneiri is a reincarnated Romeo: a romantic who refuses to accept that LCFC aren't allowed the title. Will it end in tragedy?

But Mick S had these words of warning: One from Cymbeline for the Tinkerman to think about: 'Fortune brings in some boats that are not steer'd.'

Jose Mourinho and Richard Burton as hamlet
It's Mourinho on the right here, Richard Burton (as Hamlet) on the left

As you might have guessed, former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho also made an appearance...

Andrew Lockett: Mourinho as Macbeth. Delusions of self-importance, always blaming those around him and occasional public breakdown.

Ben, Hampshire: Jose Mourinho is Richard II. Regarded self as being anointed King by God and lived a majestic life as a capricious yet poetic despot. His own arrogance eventually brought him down as his nobles rebelled against him after he banished one in blaming him for his own mistakes.

As did Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal...

Van Gaal and Giggs
If Van Gaal was Richard III, would that make Giggs his Catesby?

Mr Hunt: To attack or not to attack, that is the LvG question./Whether 'tis easier on the eye to endure /A 0-0 at half-time, and then win 1-0 /Or to fling that clipboard to the floor /And play thy beautiful game!

They must be close: True is it that United have seen better days... But a final! A final! My kingdom for an FA Cup final!

King Lear and Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger plays himself on the right here, this King Lear is Sir Donald Wolfit

Arsene Wenger as King Lear anyone? Sheikh from London makes the case:

Wenger is King Lear; a once-great leader whose success has established him and his people great stability. But he lost touch with reality (our noble defence now a helpless mess) somewhere along the line, has been deserted by those supposedly most loyal to him (Vieira, van Persie, Fabregas) and sent away those who loved him most (Henry). Time will tell if Wenger/Arsenal realises any of this before it's too late.

And to Samson, also from London, we doff our caps for this sterling effort by way of Twelfth Night...

If football be the food of love, play on;

Give me excess of it, that, struggling,

The Arsenal title bid may sicken, and so die.

That March again! it had a dying fall:

O, it came o'er my ear like the silent sound,

That comes from a bank of fans,

Paying and giving nothing!

Enough; no more:

'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.

O spirit of Bellerin! how quick and fresh art thou,

That, notwithstanding thy capacity

To pass the ball, nought enters the goal.

But what we shall be next year,

A title and a ticket with low price,

Even in a minute: so full of hope is belief

Though it is all high fantastical.

Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin's form has been a high point in an an otherwise disappointing Arsenal season

Meanwhile, Jed Fry from Bath had this mash-up featuring Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as Henry V.

"Henry 'Mauricio' V to his Spurs troops: I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, straining upon the start. The game's afoot : follow your spirit, and upon this charge cry 'God for Harry, England and St George!"

Pochettino
Inspiring words indeed as Spurs chase down the Foxes

'Frustrated and dispirited' Everton fan Paddy Joe had this Macbeth-inspired take on Roberto Martinez's future at Goodison Park:

If 'twere done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly

If the sacking could trammel up the consequence and catch with his surcease success

That but this blow might be the be-all and end-all here

But here upon this bank and shoal of time, Martinez would jump the life to come

Roberto Martinez
Everton play Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final later this afternoon

And A Boy Called Mick was also inspired, with the Toffees heading to Wembley.

Is this a Cup I see before me?/Or merely a brave farewell/The game afoot will fortell /And reveal thy final destiny /Roberto

Aston Villa players walk off after being relegated at Old Trafford
Villa were sent down to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1987 when they lost at Manchester United

But of course, the tragedy many of you leaned on was Aston Villa's relegation to the Championship, Phil included.

Give the devil his timely due; there was method in his madness.

Neither a borrower or a lender to be, could alter this tragic sadness.

The fans doth protest too much; more sinned against than sinning.

A team lacking in pitched battle, that's also never winning.

It's Greek to me, this relegation, a sad forgone conclusion.

Frailty thy name is Villa, the Championship has now its inclusion.

Tony Sheehan: Surely Aston Villa would be Bottom. Last year's FA Cup final only a Midsummer's Night's Dream...

Aston Villa fans
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