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William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

Known during his lifetime as a gifted actor, poet and playwright, William Shakespeare, was also an impresario, owning the most successful of all London theaters, The Globe, which opened in 1599. During his life, Shakespeare authored an estimated 37 plays, 154 sonnets, two narrative poems and two" lost plays". He is only known to have graduated from grammar school, there being no records of him attending Oxford or Cambridge. His most famous and beloved plays are Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, the latter was actually based on a short poem by Arthur Brooks. As fitting of a playwright, his own death in 1616 was ironic, being that it was on the date of his 52nd birthday. William Shakespeare History

Life Sphere of Shakespeare & his Quotes

Have you ever heard of the tragic love story of couple named Romeo and Juliet? How about Prince Hamlet who hoped to avenge the murder of his father? If yes for both, well I guess you know the greatest poet who wrote all of those. But, if not for both, then let me tell you.

The Bard of Avon


"Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never cease to enlarge itself,
Till by broad spreading it disperses to naught."

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With 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems and several other poems, William Shakespeare proved his status as the greatest poet and playwright in English language. Another proof is that his works are much preferred and performed by many.

William Shakespeare was brought into existence at Stratford-upon-Avon. At a young age, 18, he was married to Anne Hathaway that gave her three children, Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 in London, he began his career as an actor, writer and owner of a "playing company" called the Lord's Chamberlain's Men and later known as the King's Men. Records about Shakespeare's private life survived but matters such as his physical appearance, sexuality and religious belief were given different speculations and also his works, if he owned those or written by other writers.



Early Life


"The trust I have is mine innocence,
And therefore am I bold and resolute."

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 William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564) was born of John Shakespeare, an elder man and successful glover from Snitterfield and Mary Arden, daughter of a wealthy landowning farmer. He was the third child among eight children of John and Mary.

Most biographers say that Shakespeare took his education at King's New School in Stratford.


Married Life


"For aught that I can ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth."
William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream


William Shakespeare
married Anne Hathaway, 26 years old when he was as young as 18 years old. After six months of their marriage, Anne gave birth to Susanna and after two years, Anne gave birth to twins, Hamnet and Judith. But, during Hamnet's 11 years, Hamnet died with unknown causes.

Theatre: Shakespeare's Career

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages."

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Records show that Shakespeare's first performances were held at London stage during 1592. Because of his popularity, he was attacked in print by Robert Greene, a playwright, in his Groats-Worth of Wit: "...there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tiger's heart wrapped in a Player's hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you: and being an absolute Johannes factotum, is in his own conceit the only Shake-scene in a country". According to scholars, Greene is accusing William Shakespeare of reaching above his rank and competing to university-educated writers such as Thomas Nashe, Christopher Marlowe and even Greene himself.

During the 1954's, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, a company owned by Shakespeare and other players, are the only group who performed Shakespeare's plays. The Lord Chamberlain's Men soon became popular among the playing companies in London. In 1603, the company was awarded by new king, James I, a royal patent and changed the company's name to the King's Men.

From 1954, some of Shakespeare's plays were published in "quarto" editions. And in 1598, he became famous and his name appeared on the title pages. After his successful career as a playwright, he continued still to act in his plays and also of other plays. In 1709, some biographers suggested that Shakespeare played the ghost of Hamlet's father.

Shakespeare's Plays

"That man that hath a tongue, I say is no man,
If with his tongue he cannot win a woman."

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William Shakespeare collaborated with some other playwrights to create a play during their period, as to what critics agree about.
Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI were the first recorded works of Shakespeare, were written during 1590s during the trend for historical dramas. Studies of the text suggested that Titus  AndronicusThe Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona maybe belongs to Shakespeare.
In the mid-1590s, Shakespeare made his classical and Italianate comedies giving way to his romantic atmosphere of his comedies. His works which completes sequence of his great comedies includes "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Merchant of Venice", "Much Ado about Nothing", "As you like it", and "Twelfth Night".
Late 1590s, Shakespeare introduced prose comedy. During this period, the popular "Romeo and Juliet", the famous tragic love story and "Julius Caesar" were introduced.

Shakespeare's Last Years and Death

"How now, my lord, why do you keep alone,
Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
With them they think on? Things without all remedy
Should be without regard: what's done, is done."

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After the year 1606-1607, Shakespeare still wrote few plays. His last three pieces of plays were collaborated with John Fletcher, the one who succeeded after him as the house playwright of the King's Men.

Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, just three days before his 52nd birthday.

His daughter Susanna married a physician named John Hall and Judith married a vintner, Thomas Quiney, two months before her father's death.
In his will, Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna, get the bulk of his large estate and instructed her to pass it down to his first son but it did not come to reality when the Halls got only one child named Elizabeth and was married twice but did not bore any child. Shakespeare barely mentioned his wife however; he wrote in his will that his wife will get his "best second bed".

Two days after Shakespeare's death, he was immediately buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church. In the stone slab covering his grave, an epitaph was written that includes a curse of moving his bones from its place, it says:

"Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear,"
"To dig the dust enclosed here."
"Blessed be the man that spares these stones,"
"And cursed be he who moves my bones."

William Shakespeare's plays, poems, quotes and all of his works remain until today, performed and will be studied and forever be part of our world's development and history , not just in literature and language but also in some particular aspects wherein Shakespeare tend to convey in his writings. Though the writings were sealed within the pages of paper and the ink of his pen, his great works will somehow teach us about love, life, anger, pain and tragedy, teaching us how to deal with them. He contributes stories which mirrored mostly about the reality of human life that somehow gives us an overview. Shakespeare may not be alive anymore, but his legacy and his contributions will be sure appreciated by the people, his audience whom he intended his works.

"His life was gentle; and the elements,
So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up,
And say to the entire world, THIS WAS A MAN!"





Found 3 articles by William Shakespeare.
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Robb Zerr .
Speaking of Greatness, Shakespeare
“In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”from Shakespeare's quotes? While the last sentence may be familiar, the origins of the quote are less known. If you’ve been wondering where it… [ Read More ]
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Shakespeare or not Shakespeare Quotes that May Surprise You!
Have you ever noticed how many famous quotes are attributed to the wrong author? Quotes from the Bible are often attributed to Shakespeare or Mark Twain, and vice versa. Today we're going to clear up some of the misquoted phrases written by The Bard, and, recognizing his gift with romantic … [ Read More ]
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William Shakespeare's Recipe for Witches Brew
"Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire, burn, and cauldron bubble." When we think of witches, we inevitably think of this line. While one would think it came from one of Disney's cartoons or feature films, it was actually the work of William Shakespeare. You will find this quote, "Double,… [ Read More ]
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