Isabelle - Shakespeare Assignment

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Isabelle - Shakespeare Assignment

The Life & Times of

William Shakespeare is and most definitely still is one of the most famous play wrights and poets of all time. No one knows the exact date of his birth, but because back in the Elizabethan era, it was customary to baptise your child 3 days after birth, and since there are records of his baptism in the Holy Trinity Parish Church on the 26th of April 1564, we assume his birth date to be on the 23rd of April 1564. He passed away on the 23rd of April 1616.


From the age of seven to about 14, he attended Stratford Grammar School receiving an excellent well rounded education.

Sonnet 75 So are you to my thoughts as food to life,Or as sweet-seasoned showers are to the ground;And for the peace of you I hold such strifeAs 'twixt a miser and his wealth is found.Now proud as an enjoyer, and anonDoubting the filching age will steal his treasure,Now counting best to be with you alone,Then bettered that the world may see my pleasure,Sometime all full with feasting on your sight,And by and by clean starved for a look,Possessing or pursuing no delightSave what is had, or must from you be took.Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day,Or gluttoning on all, or all away.

At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who was 7 years older than him and already 3 months pregnant. Together they had 3 children, Susanna (1583), and twins Judith and Hamnet (1585). Unfortunately Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in 1596 at the age of eleven.

Some Famous Shakespearean Plays: "Romeo and Juliet" (tragedy) 1594-95"Hamlet" (tragedy) 1600-01"Othello" (tragedy) 1604-05"The Tragedy of King Lear" (tragedy) 1605-06"Macbeth" (tragedy) 1605-06"Julius Caesar" (historical) 1599-1600"Comedy of Errors" (comedy) 1592"The Taming of the Shrew" (comedy) 1592-94"A Midsummer Night's Dream" (comedy) 1595-96"Twelfth Night" (comedy) 1599-1600

During Shakespeare’s time, the life expectancy of the people were much lower than of ours today since they didn’t have such high standards of hygiene back then and the medical equipment we have today. The average male would live up to the age of 43. About 40% of people wouldn't even live past their middle teenage years.

His mother, Mary Arden, was one of the daughters of Robert Arden, a yeoman farmer of Wilmcote: his father, John Shakespeare, was a glover and wool dealer of good standing who held the office of Bailiff of the Borough in 1568.

Elizabeth I reigned over England and Ireland from 17th November 1550 until her death on 14th March 1603. After her was James I from 24th March 1603 until his death on 17th March 1625.

The two great disasters which happened during Shakespeare’s life were the Bubonic Plague and the Great Fire of London.

In 23 out of his 53 lively years, Shakespeare was able to create 38 players, 5 poems and 158 sonnets.



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