William Shakespeare, the playwright, had a life of virtual mystery, intrigue and relative sadness. Shakespeare grew up in a modest upbringing and was known to have only completed elementary school. Though he did not attend college, he would end up as one of histories greatest literary success stories. The mysteries surrounding the life of William Shakespeare are perpetuated with the reference to the lost years'; two distinct periods of time from 1578-1582 and 1585-1592, where Shakespeare seemed to have fallen off the face of the plant. I will discuss the town where Shakespeare hales from, excerpts from his works and not commonly discussed information. Followed by a summary of my research.
I recently had the opportunity to take my family on a trip to learn and support my research paper, as we visited the home town of William Shakespeare; Stratford-upon-Avon, a small, rustic, yet aesthetically pleasing town, centered on the river Avon, in the heart of the United Kingdom. The contemporary version of the city is an eclectic mix of old and new buildings and facilities, which capture the essence of William Shakespeare and the folklore he brought to all of Warwickshire. A scenic view from any location along the river banks, seems like a prime location to invigorate the creative juices' of almost anyone; it is just that beautiful. As a tribute to Shakespeare the Royal Shakespeare Company performs in front of sold out crowds, nearly year round, in a facility on the banks of the Avon. Stratford-upon-Avon has meticulously maintained the reverence of William Shakespeare in both life and death and is a must to see for any person either researching him or wanting to come to Europe to learn.
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...me to a path of knowledge that I honestly never wanted to walk down. From my readings to my visits and inclusion of my family into the research process, I am changed. William Shakespeare, though a man with many mysteries, can be defined in the realization that every man lives life hoping only to find a passion that moves him to the forms of expression which William Shakespeare has perfected.
Shakespeare - Michael Wood, October 2003
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