William Shakespeare

April 23, 1564 - April 23, 1616
Stratford-upon-Avon, West Midlands


William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. He went to school at King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon. He learned a little Greek, Latin, and how to read the Roman dramatists. William Shakespeare was married at he age of eighteen to Anne Hathaway. They had two daughters, Susanna and Judith. Judith's twin brother died very young. Not much is known about Shakespeare between 1585 and 1592.
Shakespeare dedicated his first two poems to Henry Wriothesley.  Many of his sonnets were composed between 1593 and 1601 but were not published. Shakespeare wrote many poems and plays. In them, Shakespeare created many words by combing Latin, French, and native roots. The Sonnets of Shakespeare consist of 154 sonnets. Out of all the types of poetry Shakespeare best known for his sonnets.

Example Poem:

A Fairy Song
William Shakespeare

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear