William Shakespeare

"Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind"

William Shakespeare
1564-1616

     William Shakespeare's birthday is still unknown. Scholars believe he was born on April 23, 1564. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon with three siblings. While still living in Stratford-upon-Avon,  he became a successful merchant. The main thing he sold was leather.

     In 1592, he started to write plays and became an actor. By 1597, he had written around 15 of his 37 plays and started to become successful. His first plays were written in the popular ways of back then with many metaphors. He soon used different ways for his poetry and plays. He used forms unheard of back then. That made him very successful.


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.

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