William Shakespeare


English playwright and poet, is recognized in much of the world as the greatest of all dramatists. A complete, authoritative account of Shakespeare's life does not exist, but it is commonly accepted that he was born in 1564, and it is known that he was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. In 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. They had a daughter in 1583 and twins— a boy and a girl— in 1585. The boy did not survive.
By 1592 Shakespeare attained success as an actor and a playwright. The publication of his two narrative poems Venus and Adonis (1593) and The Rape of Lucrece (1594) and of his Sonnets (1609) established his reputation as a gifted and popular poet. Shakespeare's ...

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by formal and rather obvious construction and by stylized verse. His earliest dramatic works are possibly four plays dramatizing the English civil strife of the 15th century. These plays, Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III (1590-1592) and Richard III (1593), deal with evil resulting from weak leadership and from national disunity. Shakespeare's comedies of the first period include The Comedy of Errors (1592), The Taming of the Shrew (1593), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594), and Love's Labour's Lost (1594). These plays we do not read much ins school, but they are studied extensively in college.
Shakespeare's second period includes his most important history plays, his so-called joyous comedies, and two of his major tragedies. In this period, his style and approach became highly individualized. The second-period historical plays include Richard II (1595), Henry IV, Parts I and II (1597), and Henry V (1598). The outstanding comedies of the second period include A Midsummer Night's ...

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