William Shakespeare

Date of baptism: April 23, 1564
Date of death: April 23, 1616


    William Shakespeare was a young a respected poet. He is often called England's National Poet or the Bard or Avon.  At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway and had three children. Most people agree that Shakespeare was educated at the Kings New School in Stratford. One of his twin sons had died of unknown causes at age 11.

Most of Shakespeare's work was produced between 1589 and 1613.  At first he wrote mainly histories and comedies, genres that were raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century.  He then wrote many tragedies such as, Hamlet, King Lear, Orthello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works of English language. In his last stage, he wrote tragicomedies or romances.  His plays still remain popular today and are always being studied, performed, and interpreted throughout the world.

Sample  Poem

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.
- William Shakespeare