Shakespeare General


William Shakespeare was born in Stratford on about April 23rd 1564. His father William was a successful local businessman and his mother Mary was the daughter of a landowner.
there is no evidence he attended university.
In 1582 William, aged only 18 Anne Hathaway. Soon after they had there first daughter, Susanna. They had another 2 children but William’s only son Hamnet died aged only 11.
he spent most of his time in London writing and performing in his plays. He didn’t mind being absent from his family, only returning home during Lent when all theatres were closed. The 1590s was when he wrote the majority of his sonnets. This was a time of prolific writing and his plays developed a good deal of interest and controversy.
William Shakespeare wrote 154 Sonnets mostly in the 1590s. Fairly short poems they deal with issues such as lost love. His sonnets have an enduring appeal with his characteristic skill with language and words.
Shakespeare’s plays address many issues such as betrayal, murder, lust, power, love, hate and envy. Allot of his plays also had a quirky sense of humor.
His plays were very relevant to the time they were written, they were all extremely popular and were quite patriotic. They were written when England’s powers still lay in the king/queen and several were actually based on past rulers. The stories Shakespeare wrote immortalised kings but at the same time caused allot of controversy with the people at the time.

Part 2

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that...