William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor. He was widely known as the greatest writer in the English language, and is often called England’s national poet. To be such a world renowned writer, one would think he only just departed from this world; but in fact, all of his work and his life for that matter, comes to us from four hundred years before.
Shakespeare was born in Warwickshire, England. Then as he grew, he was only educated to the basic level of a sixth grader. At eighteen, Shakespeare married twenty-six year old Anne Hathaway and six months later their daughter, Susanna, was born. Two years later, twins were born. Shakespeare then disappeared from records until he is mentioned as part of a London theatre troupe in 1592 (Biography).
When Shakespeare began writing, he was well known enough to be attacked in print by another playwright named Robert Green. He alluded to Shakespeare writing above his rank. Shakespeare’s plays were performed by a group he and fellow actors owned; until it became a royal patent after Queen Elizabeth the 1st’s death. Soon, his plays were renowned and his name was a selling point and began to appear on title pages (Biography.
One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet, was first titled The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. It is said that Shakespeare’s inspiration for Romeo and Juliet comes from the story of Mariotto and Gianozza by Masuccia Salernitano. It was also the first play about romantic love. As one of the most renowned of his plays, it has been adapted into many forms and one of the most performed plays known to man (Shakespeare Facts: 50 Interesting Facts About William Shakespeare).
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... tragedy until Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare also influenced later novelists, music, painters, and psychoanalysts. Though he was criticized for mixing genres at the time, his work was revered and loved by many. As the eras passed, Shakespeare was worshipped for one work or another. Each era focusing on only his works that fit the genre, rather than the whole.
As an entirety, Shakespeare’s works were profound and far more intellectual than the age of his lifetime called for. Throughout his lifetime, he was met with criticism and prejudice. However, he kept up his work, and now, thanks to his persistence and the favor of both a queen and a king, the people of the past, present, and the future can learn from his uncanny wit. Because Shakespeare did not allow others to put him off of his work, people throughout the world and throughout time are able to enjoy his work.