William Shakespeare – literature’s gift also known as ‘Bard Of Avon’

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William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

We all know Shakespeare and how he laid a big mark on the history of literature

His big mark in the field of literature is quite remarkable for which he is often called England’s national poet and is nicknamed as the Bard of Avon.

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and also an actor. He was born on 26 April 1564 at Stratford-upon-Avon. His father was a very successful local businessman and his mother was the daughter of a landowner. Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the he is also world’s pre-eminent dramatist.He has written about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, of which the authorship of some is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18. She was eight years older than him. They had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith

Around 1613, at the age of 49, he retired to Stratford , where he died around three years later. Few records of Shakespeare’s private life has survived. He died on the 23 April 1616,when he was at the age of 52. He died within a month of signing his will, a document in which he begins by describing himself that is being in “perfect health”. In his will, Shakespeare left the bulk of his large estate to his elder daughter Susanna.

Shakespeare had produced most of his known work between the years 1589 and 1613. His early plays included mostly comedies and histories and these works remain regarded as some of the perfect work produced in these genres. He then wrote mainly tragedies until the year of 1608, including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.

Shakespeare’s plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.