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Have you ever wonder if there was a great artist. Not one who drew, but one who wrote better then anyone of his time. Well look no further because here you will find you answer. I will tell you about the wonderful William Shakespeare. It is not known exactly when Shakespeare was born but, April 26, 1564 is generally the accepted date. John and Mary Arden were his parents. He began his schooling at the age of six at the Stratford grammar school, this was only a short walk from his house on Henley street. He had few siblings. It is thought that Shakespeare left school at the age of fifteen to take up a job. This was the norm at the time. It is also thought that he did it to help out since his father was having financial difficulties at the time. He worked for his father witch gained him specialized knowledge and skills.
Later in 1582 (age 18) Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway. She was the daughter of a local farmer and was eight years older than him. They had their first daughter six months later, they name her Susanna. Then two years later they had twins. They name them Judith and hamnet. Shakespeare was part of the chamberlains men. This got him started in play writing and acting.
Shakespeare is though to have started his career with the London theatrical company in 1589. In 1592 the plague closed the theater for 2 years. In this time Shakespeare turned to writing book length narrative poetry. His two best known were "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece". Both of them were dedicated to the Earl of Southampton who was Shakespeare friend and benefactor. Shakespeare also was writing sonnets during this time.
Most of Shakespeare's sonnets were written in 1590 but few were printed then. Shakespeare wrote many plays along with his sonnets. Many of his tragedies were rewrites of previous stories. Some of them were based on Roman and Greek history. Some of his tragedies would be: "Titus Andronicus", "Hamlet", "Julius Caesar", "Macbeth" and probably his most famous, "Romeo and Juliet". He also made some very
ambitious plays that were based on political events. He even made some that dramatized The rule and life of the king. Some of them would be: "King John", Richard II and Richard III. Now not all of his play were controversial or tragic, he also made some comedies. A Few of them would be: Loves labors lost, Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives Of Windsor, Tempest, Twelfths Night and probably his most famous A midsummer night dream.
Shakespeare enjoyed writing a lot. His first plays were written in the conventional style of the day. As time passed he develop his own style. In his writing he use a ton of puns, he was also know for using inside jokes. Shakespeare often show the intelligent of his characters through the speech. Shakespeare often exaggerated in his plays and used stereotypes. One of his greatest strengths was imagery. Shakespeare wrote his plays in 'Quarto texts. This means the paper was folded in four ways. Very few of his plays were printed in his life time. However they were printed more massively after his death. This also lead to them being plagiarized and changed to the printers wants.
Amidst all his success, Shakespeare lost his only son, Hamnet. Hamnet died at the young age of eleven. However Shakespeare's carrier continued to steam on forward. He became on of the co-owners of the Globe theater. He continued on investing in London real estate and bought a second theater, The Blackfriars Gatehouse. At this time he was just one year away from retirement. The final play her wrote was King Henry VIII.
Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616. Both his daughters and his wife were still alive. Both of his daughters were married. Shakespeare left most of his large estate to his oldest daughter, Susanna. He also instructed that it is to be passed down to here first son. Shakespeare barely mentions his wife, Anne, who was probably given one third of the estate automatically. Shakespeare was buried in the chancel of the Holy Trinity Church two days after he died. Written on his headstone was a curse against the moving of his bones. This was carefully avoided when the church was restored in 2008. Shakespeare has had many statues and memorials build to commemorate him and his work. His headstone reads:
Good Frend for Iesvus sake forbeare,
to digg the dvst encloased heare.
Bleste be ye man yt spares thes stones,
And cvrst be he yt moves my bones.
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