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William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Tuulike Valliste 2009. Facts. An English poet and playwright Greatest writer in the English language England's national poet The “Bard of Avon” National Portrait Gallery, London.

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William shakespeare 1564 1616

William Shakespeare(1564-1616)

Tuulike Valliste



  • An English poet and playwright

  • Greatest writer in the English language

  • England's national poet

  • The “Bard of Avon”

    National Portrait Gallery, London

William shakespeare 1564 1616

  • His actual birth date is unknown, but is traditionally observed on 23 April, St George's Day

  • He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon

  • Son of John Shakespeare (a successful glover and alderman) and Mary Arden

  • He was the third child of eight and the eldest surviving son

    William Shakespeare

William shakespeare 1564 1616

William Shakespeare's birthplace observed on 23 April, St George's Day

Family observed on 23 April, St George's Day

  • At the age of 18, he married the 26-year-old Anne Hathaway (1556-1623)

  • They had three children- Susanna, Hamnet and Judith

  • Hamnet died at the age of 11

Early life
Early life observed on 23 April, St George's Day

  • Shakespeare attended the Christian Holy Trinity church- studying the Book of Common Prayer and the English Bible

  • Around the age of 11 he entered the school of Stratford- studied theatre and acting, as well as Latin literature and history


The lost years
The Lost Years observed on 23 April, St George's Day

  • There were no documented facts about the life of William Shakespeare between leaving school in 1578 and marrying Anne Hathaway in 1582- the First Lost Years

  • The Second Lost Years- between 1582 and 1592 there were only four documented facts aboutShakespeare

  • 1) 2 Entries for the Baptism of his children in 1583 and 1585

  • 2) In 1589 a court documents name William Shakespeare and his parents in a land dispute

  • 3) In 1592 he is referred to in a very famous pamphlet called the “Groatsworth of Wit” (a Groat was a coin worth a small amount of money)

Theatre observed on 23 April, St George's Day

  • Several of his plays were on the London stage by 1592

  • Shakespeare's plays were performed only by the Lord Chamberlain's Men→ the King's Men

  • The Globe was built in 1599 (on the south bank of the Thames)

  • The Blackfriars indoor theatre was taken over in 1608

  • Most of his greatest plays were written for the Globe- “Hamlet”, “King Lear”

William shakespeare 1564 1616

The observed on 23 April, St George's DayGlobe Theatre

Poems and sonnets
Poems and sonnets observed on 23 April, St George's Day

  • In 1593 and 1594 Shakespeare published two narrative poems on erotic themes- “Venus and Adonis”, “The Rape of Lucrece”

  • He wrote 154 sonnets

  • The “Sonnets” were the last of his non-dramatic works to be printed

  • He had two contrasting series- one about uncontrollable lust for a married woman (the “dark lady”) and one about conflicted love for a fair young man (the “fair youth”)

William shakespeare 1564 1616

XCI observed on 23 April, St George's DaySome glory in their birth, some in their skill,Some in their wealth, some in their bodies' force,Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill,Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;And every humour hath his adjunct pleasure,Wherein it finds a joy above the rest:But these particulars are not my measure;All these I better in one general best.Thy love is better than high birth to me,Richer than wealth, prouder than garments' cost,Of more delight than hawks or horses be;And having thee, of all men's pride I boast:Wretched in this alone, that thou mast takeAll this away and me most wretched make.

William Shakespeare

Works observed on 23 April, St George's Day

  • Comedies- “A You Like It”, “Pericles, Prince of Tyre”, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, “Twelfth Night”, “The Winter's Tale”

  • Histories- “King John”, “Richard II”, “Henry IV”, “Henry V”, “Richard III”

  • Tragedies- “Romeo and Juliet”, “Hamlet”, “King Lear”, “Othello”, “Anthony and Cleopatra”, “Titus Andronicus”, “Macbeth”

  • Poems- “The Birth of Merlin”, “Lost Plays”

William shakespeare 1564 1616

Hamlet, Horatio, Marcellus, and the Ghost of Hamlet's Father. Henry Fuseli, 1780-5.

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Why did shakespeare move from stratford upon avon to london
Why did Shakespeare move from Stratford-Upon-Avon to London? Father. Henry Fuseli, 1780-5.

  • There is speculation that William might have offended Sir Richard Lucy by poaching a deer on his grounds and had to leave Stratford to avoid prosecution

  • But it is reasonable to assume that there must have been a strong reason to leave his wife, children and family to follow the life of an actor in London

Death Father. Henry Fuseli, 1780-5.

  • It is not clear as to how or why Shakespeare died

  • In 1664 the reverend John Ward, vicar of Stratford, recorded that "Shakespeare, Drayton and Ben Johnson had a merry meeting, and it seems drank too hard, for Shakespeare died

  • Shakespeare has been commemorated in many statues and memorials around the world- Southwark Cathedral and Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey

William shakespeare 1564 1616

Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,  against moving his bones

To digg the dvst encloased heare.

Blest be ye man yt spares thes stones,

And cvrst be he yt moves my bones. 

Translated this reads as:

Good friend, for Jesus’ sake, forbear

To dig the dust enclosed here;

Blest be the man that spares these stones

And curst he that moves my bones.

Shakespeare's funerary monument in Stratford-upon-Avon

Used sources
Used sources against moving his bones

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare#Later_years_and_death

  • http://www.online-literature.com/shakespeare/

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Thank you for listening
Thank you for listening! against moving his bones