William Shakespeare was born on April 26,1564 in Stratford upon Avon. He was the eldest surviving son of eight kids. People think that he went to school at King's New School in Stratford. Then at the age of 18 he married a 26 year old lady named Anne Hathaway. Six months into their marriage Anne gave birth to twins a son named Hamnet and a daughter named Judith. He later had a daughter named Susanna.
He first started his writing career in the theater by writing plays. Most of the plays he wrote were staged. He became well known for his plays. He was also and actor for these plays. He started writing poems when the theaters closed down in 1593-1594 because of the plagues. He published two narrative poems at this time that were called "Venice and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lecrece." Both poems where very popular and were reprinted many times so the public could read them. Most of his poems are romantic and love poems.
This poem is just a little fairy tale poem and is very whimsical. Its about a little fairy spreading dew for the Fairy Queen.
A Fairy Song
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.