William HartShakespeare's nephew and male heir. It has been argued that the dedication is deliberately ambiguous, possibly standing for "Who He", a conceit also used in a contemporary pamphlet. It might have been created by Thorpe to encourage speculation and discussion and hence, sales. The 18th-century scholar Thomas Tyrwhitt proposed "William Hughes", based on puns on the name in the sonnets.
He is also the most famous playwright in the world, with his plays being translated in over 50 languages and performed across the globe for audiences of all ages. Known colloquially as "The Bard" or "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare was also an actor and the creator of the Globe Theatre, a historical theatre, and company that is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
His works span tragedy, comedy, and historical works, both in poetry and prose. And although the man is the most-recognized playwright in the world, very little of his life is actually known.
No known autobiographical letters or diaries have survived to modern day, and with no surviving descendants, Shakespeare is a figure both of magnificent genius and mystery.
This has led to many interpretations of his life and works, creating a legend out of the commoner from Stratford-upon-Avon who rose to prominence and in the process wrote many of the seminal works that provide the foundation for the current English language. Life Before the Stage The exact date of Shakespeare's birth is unknown, but it is accepted that he was born in April of in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England, and baptized in the same month.
He was the son of John Shakespeare, an alderman, and Mary Arden, the daughter of the family's landlord and a well-respected farmer.
He was one of eight children and lived to be the eldest surviving son of the family. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. There he studied the basic Latin text and grammar, much of which was standardized across the country by Royal decree.
He was also known to partake in the theatre while at the school as was the custom at the time. As a commoner, Shakespeare's education was thought to finish at the grammar school level as there is no record of him attending university, which was a luxury reserved for upper-class families.
Inan year-old Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, who, on the occasion of her wedding, was 26 years old and already with child. Hathaway gave birth to the couple's first child six months later, a daughter named Susanna, with twins, named Hamnet and Judith, following two years later in Hamnet died at the age of 11 from unknown reasons.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be. These seven years are known as "Shakespeare's Lost Years," and have been the source of various stories that remain unverified, including a salacious story involving Shakespeare escaping Stratford prosecution for deer poaching.
This story, among others, are solely entertainment and are not considered as part of the canon that makes up the playwright's personal life. Career and Creation of the Globe William Shakespeare first made his appearance on the London stage, where his plays would be written and performed, aroundalthough the exact date is unknown.
He was, however, well known enough to be attacked by critics in newspapers, and thus was considered to be already an established playwright. After the yearShakespeare's plays were solely performed by a company owned by a group of actors known as the Lord Chamberlain's Men, which became London's leading company.
After Queen Elizabeth's death inthe company was given a royal patent that renamed it the King's Men, named so after King James I. Shakespeare, along with a group of players that acted in his play, created his own theatre on the River Thames in and named it the Globe Theatre.
After that, a record of property purchases and investments made by Shakespeare showed the playwright had become a very wealthy man, so much so that he bought properties in London and Stratford for himself and his family, as he spent most of his time in London.
It was in that the first known quartos of Shakespeare's plays were published, solidifying his reputation by when his name became the selling point in new productions.
This led to his success as both an actor on stage and a playwright, and his name was published on the title page of his plays. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. He, however, continued to support the Globe Theatre, including buying apartments for playwrights and actors to live in, all of which were near to the theatre.
Retirement and Death Shakespeare retired from public life inright after the bubonic plague began to subside its attack on London. This act was unusual for the time, but he was by no means less active. In fact, the playwright continued to make frequent trips to London to collaborate with other playwrights, such as John Fletcher, and to spend time with his son-in-law John Hall, who married his elder daughter Susanna in The playwright was an active dramatist and writer up until when the last of his great works was finished.
From then on, Shakespeare spent most of his time in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he had purchased the second-largest home in town for his family. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. He was 52 years old at the time of his death and was survived by his wife, Anna, and their two daughters.
There are no direct descendants from Shakespeare's line, as both daughters had children who did not make it to adulthood. The Shakespeare Canon Shakespeare was noted both for poetry and plays, with both mediums serving different needs; the plays were related to the theatrical fashion that was on trend while his poetry served to provide storytelling in erotic or romantic ways, culminating in a canon of work that is as diverse in language as the issues of human nature that the works portray.
Plays William Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays that scholars know of, with most of them labeled is comedies, histories, or tragedies. The earliest play that is directly attributed to Shakespeare is the trilogy of "King Henry VI," with Richard III also being written around the same time, between and The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Interestingly, two tragedies bookend Shakespeare's comedic era - Romeo and Juliet were written at the beginning of the s, and Julius Caesar was written at the end of the era.
For the last portion of his writing career, Shakespeare focused his work on tragedies and "problem" plays.William Shakespeare - Poet - William Shakespeare, regarded as the foremost dramatist of his time, wrote more than thirty plays and more than one hundred sonnets, all written in the form of three quatrains and a couplet that is now recognized as Shakespearean.
Shakespeare's complete sonnets: View several sonnets. Select a range of sonnets you would like to view. Introduction to Shakespeare's Sonnets. A sonnet is a line poem that rhymes in a particular pattern. In Shakespeare's sonnets, the rhyme pattern is abab cdcd efef gg, with the final couplet used to summarize the previous 12 lines or present a surprise ending.
Welcome. All the sonnets are provided here, with descriptive commentary attached to each one, giving explanations of difficult and unfamiliar words and phrases, and with a full analysis of any special problems of interpretation which arise.
Visit this site dedicated to the playwright William Shakespeare and his famous works. William Shakespeare plays like Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth and the Tempest.
William Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Pictures are featured as well as his poems and biography. William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April – 23 April ) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as both the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.
He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 39 plays, sonnets, two long narrative poems.