Shakespearean; myth? 1st part


Shakespearean. The term Shakespearean means suggestive of Shakespeare’s work. This man’s work was so inspiring; there are many terms named after him.Let’s find out about this great man’s life:

William Shakespeare is called England’s national poet. He is also called the “Bard of Avon”. He is considered the greatest dramatist of all time. He was also an English playwright, poet, and actor. He was an actor in the Renaissance era. William Shakespeare was born on 23 April 1564. So we can say that he was born in Elizabethan England. He was born and raised in Stafford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He was the third of eight children born to Mary Arden and John Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare attended his first professional theater performance at the age of eleven. These performances had an impact on the early development of Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetic interest. Shakespeare started attending school at the age of five. He was moved from school to help his father in the glove-making business at the age of fifteen. He didn’t go to university.


At an early age William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. He was only 18 years old when he married her. Anne was eight years older than him and was pregnant. With Anne, he had three children: Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith. Hamnet andJudith was twins. Hamnet died at age 11.

There are seven years of Shakespeare’s life where no documentary records of Shakespeare’s activities exist after the birth of his twins in 1585. Scholars call this period the " lost years.” One doctrine said that he might have gone into hiding for poaching game from the local landlord, Sir Thomas Lucy. Another theory said that he might have been working as an assistant schoolmaster in Lancashire.

 William’s plays appealed to both the commoners and the queen. He wrote 39 plays, 154 sonnets which are known as (shakespearean sonnet), two long narrative poems, and a few other verses. His plays have been translated into many languages in the world. These plays are performed more often than any other playwright. Between 1585 and 1592, William started a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company named the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. He wrote most of his famous works between 1589 and 1613.

People believe that William Shakespeare is the best British writer of all time. His works are about love, life, revenge, grief, death, murder, jealousy, magic, and mystery. His blockbuster plays are Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.

Hamlet, his longest play, has 4042 lines. He wrote three types of plays:

Comedies- which end with a marriage. Histories- these are about the lives of kings and famous figures from history. Tragedies- ends with the death of the main character.

William occupies a unique position in world literature. He wrote plenty of poetry. He published a book of 154 sonnets. He wrote in inbox pentameters per line and with his plays, these lines were unrhymed.

In the history of literature, some of the most famous lines come from the writings of Shakespeare. Most famous literary devices come from William Shakespeare. He was very innovative. He had an unbelievable influence on the English language and created hundreds of words we still use today. He was famous for playing with words. It is said that he invented more than 1700 words.

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William and the Lord Chamberlain’s Men performed at Burbage’s theater until 1599, when they build their playhouse, the Globe. The Globe was “O” shaped. Attending today’s theater is different from attending Shakespeare’s theater. In Elizabethan England, it was a very noisy, famous gathering place for people of all ages and from all walks of life. There was permission for drinking and eating in the pit. The spectator had the right to hiss or boo to throw anything he or she might have on hand if he did not like any particular character or scene.

In Shakespeare’s time, women were not allowed to act on stage so all the female parts had to be played by boys. The original theater was destroyed by a fire in 1613. It was rebuilt in 1614, closed in 1642, and demolished in 1644.

William Shakespeare returned to Stratford around 1610 where he lived as a countryman and owned one of the largest homes in town. He died on his 52nd birthday, April 23, 1616. His death was a mystery. It is rumored that he drank too much and contracted a fever or that he died from a cerebral hemorrhage.

Here is a list of top shakespearean sonnet, enjoy:

  • Sonnet 106
  • Sonnet 138
  • Sonnet 130
  • Sonnet 104
  • Sonnet 98
  • Sonnet 29
  • Sonnet 24
  • Sonnet 134
  • Sonnet 18
  • Sonnet 116

Read about sonnets on details from here :

Author: Farzana Khan Riya

University of Asia Pacific



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