In the play Twelfth Night Shakespeare states “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them” (Twelfth Night II.5.154). Shakespeare influenced every generation of writers since his death, and he continues to have an enormous impact on contemporary plays, movies, and poems. His plays have plots with many twists and turns providing an excellent exercise in logic. William Shakespeare is known worldwide because he is the greatest poet and playwright who ever lived, he influenced the world of literature, his plots were unoriginal, and because of his achievements he is now taught at school. To begin, Shakespeare is a well-known playwright and a tremendous poet.
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He was the third child of eight and the eldest surviving son. There is no literal form of evidence though most scholars believe that Shakespeare was educated at the King’s New school in Stratford (founded 1553), about a quarter-mile from his home. Two time periods within Shakespeare’s life (1578 - 1582 and 1585 - 1592), commonly called his lost years document when Shakespeare was “lost”. There are no records or accounts surrounding these periods, hence their name. Shakespeare began a successful career in London, taking up acting and writing as his career choice.