Shakespeare's Sonnet 126
Pre-AP English 9
William Shakespeare wrote many great works of literature in his lifetime including plays, narrative poems, and sonnets. Shakespeare’s works are studied and popularized for their thrilling language, deep understanding of humanity, and tolerance of all people (“Shakespeare, William,” par. 2). Shakespeare’s sonnets continue to be some of the best known and most popular sonnets still today. Generations of people have become infatuated with the sonnets due to their interestingly complex story. Shakespeare’s sonnets tell a compelling story of love, betrayal, and forgiveness between an author and a young man.
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April of 1564 to John and Mary Arden Shakespeare. John Shakespeare was a tanner and a glove maker, and served a term as mayor. Little is known of Mary Shakespeare other than that she came from a more wealthy background. William went to Grammar school in Stratford, but little else is known about his youth. It is speculated that based on the content of his plays that he acquired knowledge of the outdoors, fowl, and small mammals in his youth. In November of 1582, Shakespeare, age 18, married Anne Hathaway who was 7-8 years older than him. Shakespeare’s first child, a daughter named Susanna, was born in 1583. Anne also gave birth to twins Hamnet and Judith in 1585. Shakespeare may have done many things in the period of 1583- 1592 including teaching, practicing law, or acting. By 1592 Shakespeare had made it to London and was recognized as an actor and a writer of plays. Shakespeare retired from theater in 1610, and moved back to Stratford. He died in April of 1616 at the age of 52 and was buried at the Church of Holy Trinity in Stratford (“Shakespeare, William,” par.1-22). Before his death, a book of his sonnets was published, and they became very popular in their posthumous state.
A sonnet is a poem which expresses a single, complete thought, idea, or sentiment, and is fourteen
Cited: “Shakespeare, William.” SIRS Discover. Compton’s by Britannica, 2011. Web. 26 Apr. 2013. William Shakespeare’s Sonnets