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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!"



Date of Birth: April 26, 1564
Date of Death: April 23, 1616


Found 384 poems by William Shakespeare.
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Sonnet 136: If thy soul check thee that I come so near by William Shakespeare
If thy soul check thee that I come so near,
Swear to thy blind soul that I was thy Will,
And will thy soul knows is admitted there;
Thus far for love, my love suit, sweet, fulfil.
Will will fulfil the treasure of thy love,
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Sonnet 85: My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still by William Shakespeare
My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still,
While comments of your praise, richly compiled,
Reserve their character with golden quill,
And precious phrase by all the Muses filed.
I think good thoughts, whilst other write good words,
And like unlettered clerk stil… [ Read More ]

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Sonnet 129: Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame by William Shakespeare
Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and, till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoyed no sooner but despisèd straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
Past reas… [ Read More ]

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Sonnets CX: Alas, 'tis true I have gone here and there by William Shakespeare
Alas, 'tis true I have gone here and there
And made myself a motley to the view,
Gor'd mine own thoughts, sold cheap what is most dear,
Made old offences of affections new.
Most true it is that I have look'd on truth
Askance and strangely: but, by all above,
The… [ Read More ]

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Three Songs by William Shakespeare
Come unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands:
Court'sied when you have, and kiss'd,--
The wild waves whist--
Foot it featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
Hark, hark!
Bow, wow,
The watch-dogs bark:
Bow, wow.
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Sonnet 48: How careful was I, when I took my way by William Shakespeare
How careful was I, when I took my way,
Each trifle under truest bars to thrust,
That to my use it might unusèd stay
From hands of falsehood, in sure wards of trust!
But thou, to whom my jewels trifles are,
Most worthy comfort, now my greatest grief,
Thou best of… [ Read More ]

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Sonnet LXXXIV by William Shakespeare
Who is it that says most? which can say more
Than this rich praise, that you alone are you?
In whose confine immured is the store
Which should example where your equal grew.
Lean penury within that pen doth dwell
That to his subject lends not some small glory;
B… [ Read More ]

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Sonnet 117: Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all by William Shakespeare
Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all
Wherein I should your great deserts repay,
Forgot upon your dearest love to call,
Whereto all bonds do tie me day by day;
That I have frequent been with unknown minds,
And given to time your own dear-purchased right;
That … [ Read More ]

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Sonnet CXLIV by William Shakespeare
Two loves I have of comfort and despair,
Which like two spirits do suggest me still:
The better angel is a man right fair,
The worser spirit a woman colour'd ill.
To win me soon to hell, my female evil
Tempteth my better angel from my side,
And would corrupt my … [ Read More ]

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Sonnet VIII by William Shakespeare
Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.
Why lovest thou that which thou receivest not gladly,
Or else receivest with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tuned sounds,
By unions married, do offend thi… [ Read More ]

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Take, O take those Lips away by William Shakespeare
TAKE, O take those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn;
And those eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn!
But my kisses bring again,
Bring again;
Seals of love, but seal'd in vain,
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Sonnet 31: Thy bosom is endearèd with all hearts by William Shakespeare
Thy bosom is endearèd with all hearts,
Which I by lacking have supposèd dead,
And there reigns love and all love's loving parts,
And all those friends which I thought burièd.
How many a holy and obsequious tear
Hath dear religious love stol'n from mine eye
As in… [ Read More ]

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Sonnet 82: I grant thou wert not married to my Muse by William Shakespeare
I grant thou wert not married to my Muse,
And therefore mayst without attaint o'erlook
The dedicated words which writers use
Of their fair subject, blessing every book.
Thou art as fair in knowledge as in hue,
Finding thy worth a limit past my praise,
And theref… [ Read More ]

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Sonnet LXXXV by William Shakespeare
My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still,
While comments of your praise, richly compiled,
Reserve their character with golden quill
And precious phrase by all the Muses filed.
I think good thoughts whilst other write good words,
And like unletter'd clerk still … [ Read More ]

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Sonnet XCI by William Shakespeare
Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their bodies' force,
Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill,
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
And every humour hath his adjunct pleasure,
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Sonnet 65: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea by William Shakespeare
Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o'ersways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out
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Sonnet CXXI by William Shakespeare
'Tis better to be vile than vile esteem'd,
When not to be receives reproach of being,
And the just pleasure lost which is so deem'd
Not by our feeling but by others' seeing:
For why should others false adulterate eyes
Give salutation to my sportive blood?
Or on … [ Read More ]

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Fidele by William Shakespeare
FEAR no more the heat o' the sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

Fear no more the frown o' the great,
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Sonnet 80: O, how I faint when I of you do write by William Shakespeare
O, how I faint when I of you do write,
Knowing a better spirit doth use your name,
And in the praise thereof spends all his might
To make me tongue-tied speaking of your fame.
But since your worth, wide as the ocean is,
The humble as the proudest sail doth bear,
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Sonnet 103: Alack, what poverty my Muse brings forth by William Shakespeare
Alack, what poverty my Muse brings forth,
That having such a scope to show her pride,
The argument all bare is of more worth
Than when it hath my added praise beside.
O, blame me not if I no more can write!
Look in your glass, and there appears a face
That overg… [ Read More ]

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Sonnet LVIII by William Shakespeare
That god forbid that made me first your slave,
I should in thought control your times of pleasure,
Or at your hand the account of hours to crave,
Being your vassal, bound to stay your leisure!
O, let me suffer, being at your beck,
The imprison'd absence of your liber… [ Read More ]

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