Little is known of William Shakespeare's early years, except that he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 and married Anne Hathaway in 1582. However, his later career is well known, rising in stature to be become England's national poet or simply, the Bard. Some 38 plays of Shakespeare survive to this day, along with 154 sonnets and many poems. The bulk of his more brilliant work occurred between 1859 and 1613, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth. After 1608, he turned his attention to tragicomedies and romances. While he was respected as a playwright in his time, it wouldn't be until the 19th century that his brilliance would be solidified by the likes of George Bernard Shaw during the Romantic period.
Honoring the Legacy William Shakespeare & his Quotes
It is not long since Romeo and Juliet became the most talked couple of the town. The story of the lovers became a hit when traditional love stories used to end happily ever after but theirs did not. Today, Hamlet is a rich source of quotes and the play The Merchant of Venice is being taught in the classrooms of fifth graders. Putting these all together with the best sonnets and poems equates to William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is an English playwright and poet who were baptized on April 26, 1564. His works consist of 154 sonnets, 38 playwrights, 2 long narrative poems, and several other masterpieces. As years pass, his plays are being translated to almost all major languages in order for natives to understand them more deeply. He was favored compared to any other playwrights in his time.
Shakespeare as a Child
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. When he was 18, he married a 26 years old woman named Anne Hathaway and that's where the Anne Hathaway in Hollywood today got its screen name. Shakespeare and Anne had three beautiful daughters named Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith. These three kids became Shakespeare's inspiration thus he moved to London and became an actor, writer, and a company owner.
Shakespeare's actual birth remains unknown which is traditionally observed during April 23, during St. George's Day.
Everything has and end, even Shakespeare
Nothing lasts forever, and so Shakespeare also has to die. He died on April 23, 1616 leaving his wife Anne and two daughters. He was buried two days after his death at the chancel of the Holy Trinity Church. In his grave, the epitaph carved into the stone slab includes a curse against moving his bones. During the restoration of the Church in 2008, it was carefully avoided. The curse says:
Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,
To digg the dvst encloased heare.
Bleste be ye man yt spares thes stones,
And cvrst be he yt moves my bones.
If translated to modern spelling:
"Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear,"
"To dig the dust enclosed here."
"Blessed be the man that spares these stones,"
"And cursed be he who moves my bones."
Because of Shakespeare's legacy, his monuments were erected in Southwark Cathedral and Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey.
Famous Works of Shakespeare| Famous works of Shakespeare includes several tragedies, histories, comedies, poems, lost plays, and apocrypha.
Shakespeare Created Romeo and Juliet
The story of these two couples is constantly being retold over decades of generation by generation. This masterpiece greatly influenced the course of dramas and love stories nowadays. The story begins when Juliet fell in love with Romeo, the son of their rival family. The two meet each other secretly since they knew that their families won't agree if they will discover about their hidden love affair. Later on, their families found out, and both are hindered to meet with each other. The story ends when Juliet decided to take a drug that will put her into a death-like coma for 2 and 40 hours. The friar should inform Romeo of the plan but failed to do so. Because of that, Romeo decided to kill himself using a very strong poison thinking that Juliet is dead. He took the poison while lying beside's Juliet's body in the casket and he died.
When Juliet woke up, he found Romeo dead beside her and she decided to be with him using his dagger. Their families later on found out about the deaths of their children and began to reconcile with each other. It is funny how to rival families over the decades should first see their children dead before ending their feud. This story became a hit and almost all dramas are attempting to copy it by writing a tragic ending on love stories. Love stories created before Romeo and Juliet used to have a happy ending but this amazing and extraordinary couple who showed their love even by ending their lives is just awesome for several admirers.
The Merchant of Venice
This is a popular tragic comedy story of a merchant named Antonio and a Jewish money lender named Shylock. The story starts when Antonio needed to borrow money from Shylock in order to help a friend court a rich and beautiful heiress in Belmont named Portia. At the end of the story, Antonio was unable to pay his debts at the exact date since all his ships are lost in the sea. Shylock, having a grudge on him, is determined to retrieve the price when the contract is not met. Shylock stated there that he should extract a pound of flesh from Antonio in case the contract is not satisfied. They have reached the higher court debating on this matter. Later on, Portia discovered a glitch on their contract.
Portia challenge Shylock to extract a pound of flesh from Antonio without shedding a drop of blood from him since it is not stated in the contract. If Shylock failed to do so, or if the slice more than a pound, all his possessions will be given to the government and half to Antonio. Because Shylock cannot provide the terms, he wanted to agree on the doubled price that the group of Antonio has offered in order for him not to take a pound of flesh. But, Portia insisted that he already decline on the previous offer. Aside from that, according to Venetian law, an alien who attempted to kill a native should give all half of his possessions to the government and half of it to the victim. In the end, Shylock's principal possessions will remain in him but his income shall be taken from him for the rest of his life. He was also forced to convert to Christianity.
This story only shows how Shakespeare thinks and complicates a simple story giving a twist of excitement and comedy on it. Several moral lessons can also be learned from this piece that's why teachers of fifth graders teach this kind of stories to their students.
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages."
"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything."
"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."
"An overflow of good converts to bad."
These are some of Shakespeare's quotes and each one of them has a deeper meaning. The last one saying that an overflow of good converts to bad only means that anything exceeding the normal is bad. The moral lesson that can be learned here is that people should only take enough for their needs since taking too much of anything can bring them harm. The quote "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once" also means that people fail the moment they stop trying. People should not be afraid of failures hence make them their stepping stones to success.
No matter how many sonnets, playwrights, or poems Shakespeare wrote, it is up to the readers if they wanted to internalize it and learn from them. Quotes are created in order to provide motivation and lead people in believing the right principles.
Date of Birth: April 26, 1564
Date of Death: April 23, 1616
Found 1,670 quotes by William Shakespeare .
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