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William Shakespeare was a poet, playwright, actor and writer and the ‘Bard of Avon’ had a ubiquitous influence on literature - and modern life.
Shakespeare was born to John and Mary in Stratford-upon-Avon in May of 1564. He was the third born child of eight, but his two older sisters had died before his birth. There is little certainty regarding aspects of his life because of the lack of documentation. 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. The theatre was closed due to the plague pandemic which he spends writing his breakthrough poems "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece". After the theatre reopened, his acting group Chamberlain’s Men became one of the most popular in London and frequently perform for Queen Elizabeth. Years later he is able to buy one of the best houses in Stratford and establishes a good deal of prestige for his plays. Shakespeare and the rest

of Chamberlain’s Men built the Globe Theatre and before burning down during a performance of Henry
VIII, the theatre was a wooden theatre in London where some of Shakespeare's plays were first performed. After the death of his father in 1601, the Bard’s lighthearted poems turn darker...

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...xisted. Whether one is or isn’t a fan of Shakespeare, one can not deny his influence on the world and literature. Works Cited
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