William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor. He was widely known as the greatest writer in the English language, and is often called England’s national poet. To be such a world renowned writer, one would think he only just departed from this world; but in fact, all of his work and his life for that matter, comes to us from four hundred years before.
Shakespeare was born in Warwickshire, England. Then as he grew, he was only educated to the basic level of a sixth grader. At eighteen, Shakespeare married twenty-six year old Anne Hathaway and six months later their daughter, Susanna, was born. Two years later, twins were born. Shakespeare then disappeared from records until ...view middle of the document...
During the time of the Plague, or the Black Death, the theatres in London were closed. This gave Shakespeare the opportunity to write his first sonnets, all one hundred- fifty-four of them, in two years. Much of his work referenced birds or dogs. He also refers to death of the poet Christopher Marlowes in As You Like It.
In many of his plays and sonnets, one can find the origin of well-known terms and phrases that have been used throughout time. In many of his plays, one can find racism, lewd and rude comments anti-Semitism, and thirteen different instances of suicide. In Romeo and Juliet one can find lewd comments made by Juliet’s nurse. He also crudely discusses genitalia in The Taming of the Shrew. Each comment can be added to a list of disapproved of talk in our present day, though they were readily accepted in the time of his life.
Many theorists suggest that Shakespeare was the face for an alias for other authors who wanted to conceal their identities from the public. Though these theories are skeptical at best, it is more commonly thought that Shakespeare collaborated with the authors he was supposedly protecting from being discovered.
According to theories, the forty-sixth word in the forty-sixth Psalm of the King James Bible is ‘shake’, while the forty-sixth word from the end of the same Psalm is ‘spear’. This is believed to be a hidden birthday message to Shakespeare from King James, as it was published in the year 1611; the year of Shakespeare’s forty-sixth birthday.
It is believed that Shakespeare was so “facile in employing words”, that he was able to use seven thousand only once, and never again. As Shakespeare grew older, he seemed to write more tragedies. Even as he is the most famed writer, it is rumored that he copied his most famous plays from other writers (100 Facts About William Shakespeare).
Though Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers in the world’s history, his parents, wife, and children were illiterate. Though Susanna could scrawl her signature, she could not writer, nor read. According to surviving...