Whether it was covered in one’s high school English class or not, it is still well-known to people even if they have never read Hamlet. “His influence goes well beyond literature: he permeates our culture” (Hacht, 2006). William Shakespeare, perhaps one of the greatest playwrights in history, is a man who is known for his unique and powerful writing. The English playwright, poet, and actor is generally acknowledged to be the greatest of English writers and one of the most extraordinary creators in human history. His entire life was committed to the public theater.
First, Williams birth and family. It is said that William Shakespeare was born around April 23, 1564, in Stratford on Avon. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but people say around the 23 of April because he was baptized at the Holy Trinity church on April 26. Back then most baptisms took place about three days after a child was born. William was the son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden.
One example of this is whether he was educated, his works indicate that he probably was and it is speculated that he attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford. It is known that he married Anne Hathaway at the age of eighteen and had three kids, Susanna, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet died when he was eleven years of age. The years following the birth of his children until he began working in London in theatre are known as “the lost years” of Shakespeare’s life. When documentation picks back up, Shakespeare’s career is in full swing working in London as an established actor and has published his first two poems.
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No one is for sure when Shakespeare was born. His birth date is estimated by the day he was baptized. Since his baptism date was April 26, 1564, William is believed to have been born on April 23, 1564. His birth place was Stratford-upon-Avon where he attended Holy Trinity Church (William Shakespeare bio). This aspiring writer attended a grammar school in Stratford, which was called King’s New School, at age eleven.
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.
William Shakespeare was thought to have been born on April 23, 1564. At the time of his birth, babies were not formally registered and birth certificates were not produced but we do know that children were to be baptized three days after their birth and his baptism was the 26th, therefore, that is where the date comes from (Literary Genius). Shakespeare was one of eight children, which was actually quite small for a family of his time since families lived in fear of the child mortality rate (“Shakespeare Facts”). The only one of Shakespeare’s siblings to survive him was Joan II. She was named after her older sister, who died after only two months of life.