Sonnets were the pop songs of Shakespeare’s era, a very fashionable poetic; all gentlemen were required to learn them as a discipline and a sign of one’s education. A good sonnet alluded to a good education, conveying one’s upbringing as one of a wealthier status. Although the Shakespearean sonnet, written in iambic pentameter with three quatrains, a rhyming couplet, and a rhyme scheme a-b-a-b c-d-c-d e-f-e-f g-g, was not crafted by Shakespeare, he made it popular and wrote many sonnets in that form.
According to the baptismal register of the Holy Trinity parish church in Stratford, William Shakespeare was born April 26, 1563. Traditionally, his birthday is accepted to be on April 23, St George’s day. During this time, a child born would have had to be baptized on the next Sunday or holy day. Unless a legitimate excuse was made by the parents, there were no exceptions.
It is believed that Shakespeare probably started his education at the Stratford grammar school (a free school) by the age of six or seven. “Stratford was not a learned community” (Bloom 30). He would have learned his basic ABC or hornbook; most poets of the time did. By about the age thirteen, Shakespeare was removed from school due to his father’s social and financial difficulties. “…William Shakespeare was a rustic who could scarcely have aspired to study at Oxford, and counter –suggested that recusants avoided the oath-taking necessary for a degree. The more likely explanation is money” (Levi 27). Shakespeare was self taught owing to his father’s misfortunes and disgrace (Levi 27). It is assumed that Shakespeare worked as a butcher in addition to helping his father with his business (Shakespeare-online).
Shakespeare was a wild and innocent