The Incredible Success Of William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare’s work is known throughout the world and has been performed in countless hamlets, villages, cities and metropolises for more than 400 years. And yet, the personal history of William Shakespeare is somewhat a mystery. There are two main sources that provide us with a basic outline of his life. One source is through the plays, poems and sonnets he wrote, and the other source is from official documents, such as church and court records. But these sources can give only so much, they only tell us about specific events that happened that happened in his life, not much about the person experiencing them. William Shakespeare was a successful poet and playwright ...view middle of the document...

William Shakespeare was 18 when he married Anne Hathaway, who was 26 and, as it turns out, pregnant, on November 28, 1582, in Worcester, Canterbury Province. They had three kids, the first, Susanna, was born May 26,1583. Two years later they had twins, Judith and Hamnet, born February 2, 1585. Hamnet died at age 11 of an unknown cause.(--) There are no records of his life for the seven years after the twins were. These years are recognized as "the lost years" according to scholars. Because there are no records during these years there are speculations on what he was doing. One idea is that he went into hiding for poaching game from the local landlord. Another idea is that he may have been working as an assistant schoolmaster in Lancashire. People believed that he arrived in London in the mid- to late 1580s and he might have found work as a horse attendant at some of London's finer theaters.
Documents show that Shakespeare was a managing partner in an acting company in London, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, by the early 1590's. There is evidence that Shakespeare earned a living as an actor and a playwright in London, and most likely had several plays produced by 1592. 15 of the 37 plays written by Shakespeare were published by 1597. Records show that he purchased the second largest house in Stratford for his family at this time. It is believed that Shakespeare spent most of his time in Londan writing and acting and only went home once a year, and that was during the 40 day Lenten period when the thearters were closed, due to the fact that it was a four day ride from Stratford to Londan.In 1599 William Shakespeare and his business partners built their own theater, the Globe, on the bank of the Thames River. In 1605 Shakespeare bought leases of real estate for 440 pounds, near Stratford, which ended up doubling in value and earning him an extra 60 pounds a year.
Elaborate metaphors and rhetorical phrases that did not always align naturally with the stories plot or characters, was the convention writing style of that time period and thats how Shakespeare wrote his earlier plays. On the other hand Shakespeare was very creative, altering the traditional style to his own intentions and creating a freer flow of words. with only small differences, William generally used a metrical pattern consisting of lines of unrhymed iambic pentameter, or blank verse, to write his plays. Then again...

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