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William Shakespeare

Born: April, 26th, 1564 – Stratford–upon–Avon, Warwickshire, England

Died: April, 23rd, 1616 – Stratford–upon–Avon, Warwickshire, England (age 52)

Published 212 Poems – Sonnets and Play's combined

William Shakespeare was a poet, dramatist, and actor. Shakespeare is possibly THE BEST known poet in the Western World and beyond. Few men have had such an influence on the literary world whilst being relatively unknown in terms of his personal life except that he was born and died on St George's Day.

His wife was named Anne Hathaway. He is often called England's national poet and the " Bard of Avon ". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford–upon–Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part–owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613 at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were actually written by others.

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories and these works remain regarded as some the best work produced in these genres even today. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.

Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623, John Heminges and Henry Condell, two friends and fellow actors of Shakespeare, published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognized as Shakespeare's. It was prefaced with a poem by Ben Jonson, in which Shakespeare is hailed, presciently, as " not of an age, but for all time ".

In the 20th and 21st century, his work has been repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

Under the Section named ( ~ Shakespeare Play's ~ ) you will see some Play's marked with ( *** ) – This indicated that these Play's have 2 versions – – The Original Text and Modern English Translation or Modern English Text.


~ 154 Sonnets in Numeric Order ~
The Fair Youth Sonnets ( 1 - 126 )
~ 154 Sonnets Continued ~
~ 154 Sonnets Continued ~
~ The Dark Lady Sonnets ( 127 - 152 ) ~
~ The Greek Sonnets ( 153 and 154 ) ~
~ Shakespeare Play's ~

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