Docs Shakespeare Life and Works

1.William Shakespeare was born in 1564 to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. His father was a glover by trade, but he also experimented with farming. The family owned a farm called the Asbies, which Mary Arden-Shakespeare had brought to the marriage.

Shakespeare was most likely educated at the Stratford free grammar school. He likely apprenticed at the age of thirteen when the family's financial situation was going downhill. He married Anne Hathaway in November of 1582.

As a playwright, Shakespeare was not well known until 1592. Stages were closed then because of the plague, but by the time they reopened in 1594, he had written Venus and Adonis, as well as Lucrece. Now he began writing for the Lord Chamberlayne company. Although he was also an actor for the company, he was more famous for his writing. His plays are difficult to put in chronological order, but he wrote twelve during this assosiation. Frequently, the company was requested by Queen Elizabeth, and later, by King James I.

Shakespeare retired in 1610, returning to Stratford from London. He busied himself with the community and was comfortable with the large fortune he had earned. In his will, written only a month before he died, Shakespeare left most of his estate to his daughter, Susanna, but also provided for his wife's comfort. William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616.

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2.William Shakespeare was born to John Shakespeare and mother Mary Arden some time in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. There is no record of his birth, but his baptism was recorded by the church, thus his birthday is assumed to be the 23 of April. His father was a prominent and prosperous alderman in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and was later granted a coat of arms by the College of Heralds.

All that is known of Shakespeare's youth is that he presumably attended the Stratford Grammar School, and did not proceed to Oxford or Cambridge. The next record we have of him is his marriage to Anne Hathaway in 1582. The next year she bore a daughter for him, Susanna, followed by the twins Judith and Hamnet two years later.

Seven years later Shakespeare is recognized as an actor, poet and playwright, when a rival playwright, Robert Greene, refers to him as "an upstart crow" in A Groatsworth of Wit. A few years later he joined up with one of the most successful acting troupe's in London: The Lord Chamberlain's Men.

When, in 1599, the troupe lost the lease of the theatre where they performed, (appropriately called The Theatre) they were wealthy enough to build their own theatre across the Thames, south of London, which they called "The Globe." The new theatre opened in July of 1599, built from the timbers of The Theatre, with the motto "Totus mundus agit histrionem" (A whole world of players)

When James I came to the throne (1603) the troupe was designated by the new king as the King's Men (or King's Company). The Letters Patent of the company specifically charged Shakespeare and eight others "freely to use and exercise the art and faculty of playing Comedies, Tragedies, Histories, Inerludes, Morals, Pastorals, stage plays ... as well for recreation of our loving subjects as for our solace and pleasure."

Shakespeare entertained the king and the people for another ten years until June 19, 1613, when a canon fired from the roof of the theatre for a gala performance of Henry VIII set fire to the thatch roof and burned the theatre to the ground. The audience ignored the smoke from the roof at first, being to absorbed in the play, until the flames caught the walls and the fabric of the curtains. Amazingly there were no casualties, and the next spring the company had the theatre "new builded in a far fairer manner than before."

Although Shakespeare invested in the rebuilding, he retired from the stage to the Great House of New Place in Statford that he had purchased in 1597, and some considerable land holdings ,where he continued to write until his death in 1616 on the day of his 52nd birthday.

In his time William wrote 13 Comedies, 13 Historical Plays, 6 Tragedies, 4 Tragicomedies, as well as many sonnets (154) , which were mostly dedicated to his patron, Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southampton.

3.another one William Shakespeare was born April 23rd, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. This famous poet wrote many poems and sonnets. Some famous creations of Shakespeare are: A Lovers Complaint, The Passionate Pilgrim, and The Phoenix and the Turtle. William Shakespeare writes in many different genres, he is most known for writing Romance and Tragedy's. Shakespeare generally writes for adults. William Shakespeare died April 23rd, 1616 on his 52nd Birthday. The cause of his death is unknown.

William Shakespeare began writing in his 20's after he moved to London to establish his career as an actor/poet/playwright. He attended Stratford grammar school as a child. In 1584, William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway; They had 3 children Susanna, and Twins Judith and Hamnet. His Only son Hamnet died at the age of 11. Other than Poetry, Shakespeare wrote Plays. He was also an actor. Shakespeare Wrote approximately 154 sonnets and many poems.

It is difficult to determine The most recently published works of Shakespeare but he first appeared in public as a poet in 1593 with his poem Venus and Adonis. All of Shakespeare's work is very brilliant but probably his most famous works are his play Romeo and Juliet and his poems. Shakespeare has not received any awards himself for his works but his plays recently performed in theatre and film have received awards.

William Shakespeare is a brilliant poet and one of the best poets in his time. What stands out most about William Shakespeare's work is his use of figurative language in his poems, his use of words and rhyming. Shakespeare commonly uses figurative language such as: Metaphors, Similes, consonance, assonance, onomatopoeia, and hyperbole. William Shakespeare also uses Imagery in his works. The topic's and message's of Shakespeare's writing is very interesting. Shakespeare does not have just one genre that he writes in. He writes in comedy, historical, tragedy, and romance; That makes his work so much more interesting because you don't know what to expect when your reading!

4.The Importance of Shakespeare

In a world where the quality of the art form called "writing" is so often said to be rapidly diminishing, it is important for scholars of English literature to retain some studies of the true classics, such as Shakespeare.

A well-rounded education logically must have a strong foundation in both modern and classical literature, the latter of which an in-depth study of Shakespearean works would more than satisfy. Not only was Shakespeare so well accomplished in his writing skills that he has become an undeniably significant point in the history of literature, but a majority of his works were written on such basic human themes that they will endure for all time and must not be allowed to slip into the tragic oblivion of old age. William Shakespeare has become an important landmark in English literature. To see why this is so crucial for students to study, let us consider an analogy.

One must be familiar with the conditions and circumstances of colonial America and pre-Revolutionary times if s/he is to understand the rationale behind many of the provisions of the Constitution, a two-hundred-year-old document still alive and highly significant today. In much the same way, one must be familiar with the early days of English literature in order to comprehend the foundation beneath much of more modern literature’s basis.

Shakespeare’s modern influence is still seen clearly in many ways. For example, the success of Shakespeare’s works helped to set the precedent for the evolution of modern dramas and plays. He is also credited with being one of the first writers to use any modern prose in his writings; in fact, the growth of the popularity of prose in Shakespeare’s time is clearly shown as he used prose progressively more throughout his career.1

Furthermore, there can be no doubt that Shakespeare was a master of the artistry of the English language. He wrote with such fluidity of thought, word, rhythm, and sound that the work is presented in a complex manner, but is not unintelligible, even for the inexperienced reader. Often a single line would have several different meanings, each providing us with insight into a character or plot. For example, five lines from a scene from Richard III present much more than at first observed:





Comedy All's Well That Ends Well As You Like It The Comedy of Errors Cymbeline Love's Labours Lost Measure for Measure The Merry Wives of Windsor The Merchant of Venice A Midsummer Night's Dream Much Ado About Nothing Pericles, Prince of Tyre Taming of the Shrew The Tempest Troilus and Cressida Twelfth Night Two Gentlemen of Verona Winter's Tale

Historical plays

Henry IV, part 1 Henry IV, part 2 Henry V Henry VI, part 1 Henry VI, part 2 Henry VI, part 3 Henry VIII King John Richard II Richard III

Tragedy Antony and Cleopatra Coriolanus Hamlet Julius Caesar King Lear Macbeth Othello Romeo and Juliet Timon of Athens Titus Andronicus

Poetry The Sonnets A Lover's Complaint The Rape of Lucrece Venus and Adonis Funeral Elegy by W.S.