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William shakespeare. Carmine Congiu. The life. William Shakespare was born at Stratford on Avon in April 1564 He was the eldest son He married Anne Hathaway whan he was only eightenn and she was twenty-six he had three children: Susanna and twins  Hamnet  and Judith

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william shakespeare

William shakespeare

Carmine Congiu

the life
The life

William Shakesparewasborn at Stratford on Avon in April 1564

Hewas the eldest son

Hemarried Anne Hathawaywhanhewasonlyeightenn and shewastwenty-six

he had three children: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith

Hedaid in 1616

  • Probably attended King’s New School in Stratford
  • Educated in:
      • Rhetoric
      • Logic
      • History
      • Latin
london and theatrical career
London and theatrical career

It is generally believed he arrived in London in the mid- to late 1580s 

It is not known exactly when Shakespear began writing

By 1592, there is evidence William Shakespeare earned a living as an actor and a playwright in London and possibly had several plays produced.

By the early 1590s, documents show William Shakespeare was a managing partner in the Lord Chamberlain's Men, an acting company in London


By 1597, 15 of the 37 plays written by William Shakespeare were published.

In 1599 his company built the globe Theatre, wheremost of hisplayswereperformed.

Between 1595 and 1956 hewrotehistoricaldramas

Seven yearsafterhisdeath some of hisfriendsandefellowactorspublishedanedition of thirtysix of the theplays in one volume; the First Folio

shakespeares s sonnets the form
Shakespeares’s sonnets; the form

The sonnetswerepublished in 1609

Shakespeare didn’t use the italianform, anoctave and a sestet

The themes and the addressees

Sonnetsprobablycirculatedamongsthis private friends

The 1609 publicationincluded 154 sonnets

The sonnets can bedividedintotwosection. The first ( probablyShakspeare’s youngpatron ) isorganizedasfollows : 1)sonnets I to XVIII the teme of increase2)sonnets XVIII to CXXVI : these deal withdifferenttopics;amongthem the poet’s warningsabout the destructivepower of time and moralweakness.

the style
The style

The style of the sonnetsischaracterizedby a richvividdescriptivelanguage

The poetlikesto put a grandlyLatinateadjectivewithanAnglo-Saxosmmoun”

The poetplayswithantonyms and homonyms and employs the “copulettie”,thatis a thematicallyimportant word whichisrepeated in the couplet fromone or more of the first twelvelines of a sonnet


Shall I compare thee

Willam Shakespeare

sonnet XVIII

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimmed;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed.

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,

Nor shall Death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st.

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

analyses of quatrain

First quatrain:The first line do the comparison of the youth with a summer day But the second line says that the youth is more perfect than a summer day.

Secondquatrain: This quatrain details how the summer can be imperfect, traits that the youth does not possess. The fifth line personifies the sun as "the eye of heaven" which is sometimes too scorchingly hot. According to line 7, all beautiful things (fair means beautiful) sometimes decline from their state of beauty or perfection by chance accidents or by natural events.

ThirdQuatrain: This quatrain explains that the youth will possess eternal beauty and perfection. Line 11 says that death will not conquer life. Shakespeare realized that the sonnet is able to achieve an eternal status, and that one could be immortalized within it.

The Final couplet : The couplet is easy to interpret: these verses celebrate the youth and continually renew the youth's life.

metrical analysis

It is written in the sonnet style that Shakespeare preferred, 14 lines long with three quatrains (four rhymed lines) and a couplet (a pair of rhymed lines).

Trhymescheme: ABAB-CDCD-EFEF-GG

Vividlanguage .

is it true
Is it true?

Interestingly, not everyone is willing to accept the role of Sonnet 18 as the ultimate English love poem

We know nothing of the beloved’s form or height or hair or eyes or bearing, nothing of her character or mind, nothing of her.

This 'love poem' is actually written not in praise of the beloved, as it seems, but in praise of itself.

What do you think?