March 21, 2013
William Shakespeare is considered one of English’s best writers and he impacted the world (Merriman). He’s also praised for his great works (Merriman). Shakespeare combined and contorted roots of Latin and French (“William Shakespeare”). He created thousands of everyday words that way (“William Shakespeare”). Some words are watchdog, stillborn, schoolboy, radiance, leapfrog, hunchbacked, downstairs, dewdrop, courtship, bloodsucking, and birthplace (“William Shakespeare”). Unfortunately, Shakespeare didn’t become famous until later years in his life and even more famous after death (“William Shakespeare”). William Shakespeare is inspirational because of his poetry, histories, and tragedies.
Nobody knows exactly when Shakespeare was born. Customs suggest April 23rd. Coincidently, that’s also the day of St. George’s Day (Martin and Harrier 363). Shakespeare was baptized on April 26th, 1564. It was in the church, Holy Trinity of Stratford upon Avon (Merriman). He was the first of four sons of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. She had four daughters too (Merriman). Because of his parents’ occupations, Shakespeare was born into a solid middle-class (Martin and Harrier 363). Shakespeare most likely went to King New School around the age of eleven (Merriman).
Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18 (Merriman). They were married in the village of Temple Grafton (Merriman). Shakespeare married on November 28th, 1582 (“William Shakespeare Life Facts and Timeline”). Anne Hathaway came from Shottery and she was 26 (Martin and Harrier 364). Together William and Anne had 3 children (Merriman). One of which died at the age of eleven (Merriman). Susanna and Judith were their two daughters (Merriman). Hamnet, Shakespeare’s son and Judith’s twin was the boy that died (Merriman). Hamnet and Judith were named after the bakers of Stratford upon Avon, and family friends (Martin and Harrier 364). They were the Sadler’s (Martin and Harrier 364). Shakespeare more than likely stayed with Anne until the twins were born (Martin and Harrier 364).
Between 1585 and 1592, people believe that Shakespeare may have been a teacher, but other believed he went to London to start an apprenticeship for acting (“William Shakespeare”). By 1592, Shakespeare was successful in London (Martin and Harrier 364). He was an actor (Martin and Harrier 364). During the year 1599, Shakespeare worked with the Chamberlain’s Men in the Globe Theatre (“William Shakespeare“). Shakespeare, along with four other people, held a 10% ownership of the Globe Theatre (Martin and Harrier 365).
Shakespeare became more popular in his late life. In 1596, Shakespeare was awarded the grant of a coat of arms (Martin and Harrier 367). Shakespeare retired sometime in 1612 and returned to his family in Stratford upon Avon (“William Shakespeare“). During January of 1616, he wrote his will (“William Shakespeare”). Shakespeare died on his believed to be birthday; the date of April 23, 1616 (Merriman). His death was a mystery (Merriman). He is thought to have died from alcohol poisoning or a fever (Merriman). Shakespeare was buried two days after death (“William Shakespeare“). Shakespeare is buried in Stratford upon Avon, in the Chancel of Holy Trinity Church. (Merriman). His wife, Anne Hathaway died seven years afterwards (Merriman). She was buried beside him (Merriman).
Many of Shakespeare’s poems were written in 1590s; all of which were sonnets (Merriman). He wrote over 150 sonnets and several successful dramatic works (Merriman). “The sonnets fall into two groups: sonnets 1-126, addressed to a beloved friend, a handsome and noble young man, and sonnets 127-152, to a malignant but fascinating “Dark Lady,” who the poet loves in spite of himself” (“William Shakespeare”). A lot of Shakespeare’s poems are of loved ones to him, such as his wife or lost heir, Hamnet...
Cited: Martin, Michael Rheta, and Richard C. Harrier. The Concise Encyclopedic Guide to Shakespeare,. New York: Horizon, 1971. Print.
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