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Shakespeare’s Life

William Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre- eminent dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwriter. Shakespeare remains to be an incredibly influential writer and his work is still studied and reinterpreted to this day.

Shakespeare’s birthplace is believed to be a house in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. His exact birthday isn’t known, apart from that he was born in April 1564. He was baptised on the 26th of April. William Shakespeare is the son of John Shakespeare, an alderman and successful glove-maker, and Mary Arden. Shakespeare attended a local school. At the age of 18 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway and then became father of three children, Susanna, Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare. His son died at the age of 11.

We don’t know much about Shakespeare’s life between 1585 – 1592. In 1592 Shakespeare appeared again in London and was established as an actor and dramatist. Shakespeare’s plays became very successful, and he even counted Queen Elizabeth as a fan. William Shakespeare passed away in 1616 and left 154 sonnets and almost 40 plays behind. Shakespeare’s probably most famous play is ‘Hamlet’ in which the ghost of the king of Denmark tells Hamlet to seek revenge on the man who usurped the throne.

Shakespeare still has a huge impact on our society. He does not only teach us about ourselves and humanity but also invented about 1700 words still used today. For example, the words ‘bandit’, ‘critic’ and ‘dauntless’. He often changed nouns into verbs, verbs into adjectives and connected words together. He also came up with completely new words.

William Shakespeare is still read, studied and loved because he wrote about timeless themes such as life and death, youth versus age, love and hate, to name only a few. He had a huge and important impact on our language used today.

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