William Shakespeare. ENG 1D1 Mr. Dedato Selena and Cam. Who is William Shakespeare?. Shakespeare wrote plays and poems. His plays were comedies, histories and tragedies etc.
William Shakespeare ENG 1D1 Mr. Dedato Selena and Cam
Who is William Shakespeare? • Shakespeare wrote plays and poems. His plays were comedies, histories and tragedies etc. • He was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. • He had several nicknames; “Bard of Avon”, “Swan of Avon”, “The Bard” • By 1597, 15 of the 37 plays written by William Shakespeare were published.
The Personal Life of Shakespeare • William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, an alderman and a successful glover originally from Snitterfield, and Mary Arden, the daughter of an affluent landowning farmer. • At the age of 18, Shakespeare married the 26-year-old Anne Hathaway. (she was eight years older than him) • Anne gave birth to a daughter, Susanna. She later on had twins, son Hamnet and daughter Judith. Hamnet died of unknown causes at the age of 11.
Shakespeare's Education • There are no specific records relating to the education of Shakespeare or his attendance at school but reasonable assumptions can be made based on the information that is available • Shakespeare would have attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford-upon-Avon from the age of 7 in 1571 and left school and formal education when he was fourteen in 1578. • William Shakespeare was withdrawn from education in 1577 at the age of fourteen due to his father's financial problems
Why was Shakespeare so Important? • William Shakespeare has become an important landmark in English literature. He completely revolutionized the way writing is done • William was a master of the artistry of the English language. He wrote with such fluidity of thought, word, rhythm, and sound that the work is presented in a complex manner, but is not unintelligible, even for the inexperienced reader. • He added over 1 000 words to the English dictionary • William Shakespeare was the most remarkable storyteller that the world has ever known.
Shakespeare’s Influence on English Literature • William Shakespeare's influence extends from theatre and literature to present-day movies and the English language itself. • William's influence extends from theatre and literature to present-day movies and the English language itself. • Shakespeare's writings have also influenced a large number of notable novelists and poets over the years, including Herman Melville and Charles Dickens, and continue to influence new authors even today. Shakespeare is the most quoted writer in the history of the English-speaking world.
The Famous Work of Shakespeare • Shakespeare wrote plays and poems. His plays were mainly comedies, histories, tragedies, etc. • Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. • His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. • His famous work includes; Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra.
The Final Years of William Shakespeare • Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in New Place in Stratford. • He died on 23 April 1616 at the age of 52 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England • He was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. • The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623 and is known as 'the First Folio'.