William Shakespeare

1564-1616
Poet, writer, play writer, and actor

      William Shakespeare was the son of  John Shakespeare, and Mary Arden, the daughter of an affluent landowning farmer. He was born and raised in Stafford-upon-Avon and was baptized  on 26 April 1564. Nobody knows his date of birth. People believe that he went to King's New School, a school that was a quarter of a mile from where he lived. He married at the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, they had three children one named Susanna and the twins named Hammet and Judith.

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly about comedies and histories, he learned to speak with sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. Then he wrote about mainly tragedies till 1608. He wrote Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, it is consider one of the finest works in English language.

Sample Poem

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.

Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most freindship if feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky,
That does not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As a friend remembered not.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

William Shakespeare

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