1564 - April 23, 1616
No one is really sure when Shakespeare was born other than in the year 1564, but he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom. Records show he was baptized at Holy Trinity Church on April 26, 1564, so it is believed that he was born around April 23. He was the third child of John Shakespeare, and Mary Aden. There are hardly any records of Shakespeare's childhood and education, but scholars think that he probably went to school in Stratford at Kings New School, which taught things such as reading and writing. But Shakespeare's early life is all very uncertain.
Shakespeare made a living by acting and playwright in London. By the 1590s, he was a manager partner for a group of actors called the Lord Chamberlain's Men. His first two poems "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece" caught the attention of the Earl of Southampton and by 1597, 15 of Shakespeare's plays were published. It is believed that he only came home a couple times a year while the theater was closed because he dedicated most of his time to acting and writing in the city. In 1599, Shakespeare and his business partners built their own theater, which he called The Globe. This investment, as well an investment on a estate near Stratford gave Shakespeare the room to write his plays interrupted and made him seem as more of an artist.
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.