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William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor .He was born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon. The son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden, he was probably educated at the King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford, where he learned Latin and a little Greek and read the Roman dramatists. At eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, a woman seven or eight years his senior. Together they raised two daughters: Susanna, who was born in 1583, and Judith (whose twin brother died in boyhood), born in 1585.
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While Shakespeare was regarded as the foremost dramatist of his time, evidence indicates that both he and his contemporaries looked to poetry, not playwriting, for enduring fame. Shakespeare’s sonnets were composed between 1593 and 1601, though not published until 1609. That edition, The Sonnets of Shakespeare, consists of 154 sonnets, all written in the form of three quatrains and a couplet that is now recognized as Shakespearean. The sonnets fall into two groups: sonnets 1-126, addressed to a beloved friend, a handsome and noble young man, and sonnets 127-152, to a malignant but fascinating “Dark Lady,” who the poet loves in spite of himself. Nearly all of Shakespeare’s sonnets examine the inevitable decay of time, and the immortalization of beauty and love in poetry.
There exists a curious paradox when it come to the life of William Shakespeare. He easily has more words written about him than any other famous English writer,yet we know the least about him.This inevitably means that most of what is written about him is either fabrication or speculation. The reason why so little is known about Shakespeare is that was not a novelist or a historian or a man of letters. He was a playwright and playwright were considered fairy low on the social pecking order in Elizabethan society. Writing plays was about providing entertainment for masses …the great unwashed. It was equivalent to being a journalist for a tabloid newspaper.
In fact, we only know about of Shakespeare’s work because two of his friend had the foresight of collect his plays together following his death and have them printed. The only reason they did so was apparently because the rated his talent and through it would be a shame of his world were lost. Consequently his body of work has ever been assessed and reassessed as greatest contribution to English literature.