Tuesday, 16 October 2012

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born on 26 April 1564 and died on 23 April 1616. He is widely regarded as one of the best if not the best writer in the history of the English language. The remaining works of his consist of around 38 plays and around 160 poems. His plays have been translated in every major language and are performed very often.

He was born and raised in Stratford-upon-avon. He married Anne Hathaway (Not the actress) at the age of 18 and had three children with her: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. Not many records of his private life exist, so not much is known about what he looked like, his religion or whether he actually wrote his plays himself.

Most of William Shakespeare's well-known plays were written between 1589 and 1613. Most of his earlier plays were comedies and histories. He gradually built up the sophistication and artistry in his work by the end of the 1500s. He wrote mainly tragedies until 1608, some famous examples are Macbeth, Hamlet and Othello, which are widely regarded as some of the best works in the English language. After 1608, he wrote romances, the most famous of which is Romeo and Juliet. His best known works were performed at the Globe Theatre in Southern London.

Here is a list of all his works. 
§  All's Well That Ends Well 
§  As You Like It
§  The Comedy of Errors
§  Love's Labour's Lost
§  Measure for Measure 
§  The Merchant of Venice
§  The Merry Wives of Windsor
§  A Midsummer Night's Dream
§  Much Ado About Nothing
§  Pericles, Prince of Tyre 
§  The Taming of the Shrew
§  The Tempest 
§  Twelfth Night
§  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
§  The Two Noble Kinsmen 
§  The Winter's Tale 
§  King John
§  Richard II
§  Henry IV, Part 1
§  Henry IV, Part 2
§  Henry V
§  Henry VI, Part 1 
§  Henry VI, Part 2
§  Henry VI, Part 3
§  Richard III
§  Henry VIII 

§  Romeo and Juliet
§  Coriolanus
§  Titus Andronicus 
§  Timon of Athens 
§  Julius Caesar
§  Macbeth 
§  Hamlet
§  Troilus and Cressida 
§  King Lear
§  Othello
§  Antony and Cleopatra
§  Cymbeline 
  • Shakespeare's sonnets
  • Venus and Adonis
  • The Rape of Lucrece
  • The Passionate Pilgrim
  • The Phoenix and the Turtle
  • A Lover's Complaint
§  The Birth of Merlin
§  Edward III
§  Locrine
§  The London Prodigal
§  The Puritan
§  The Second Maiden's Tragedy
§  Sir John Oldcastle
§  Thomas Lord Cromwell
§  A Yorkshire Tragedy
§  Sir Thomas More

I don't see what's so amazing about Shakespeares writing, it doesn't look so amazing or different to me apart from the language. (Thou, art etc)

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