By Gao Yang
April 26th, 1564-April 23rd, 1616
Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.
He was the third child of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant, and Mary Arden, the daughter of a landowner.
He married a woman eight years older than him, who was already pregnant when they were wed.
They had three children all together, but lost a child at the age of 11.
Prologue of Romeo and Juliet:
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
This famous play has been used in many different works.
Shakespeare's work is known worldwide by people of different age groups.