an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful ... more »
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- All the World's a Stage
- A Fairy Song
- Carpe Diem
- Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? ...
- A Lover's Complaint
- Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
- Fear No More
- My mistress' eyes are nothing like the s...
- Hark! Hark! The Lark
- Bridal Song
- Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage o...
- Full Fathom Five
- Sonnet 138: When my love swears that she...
- A Madrigal
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''I am glad I was up so late, for that's the reason I was upWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cloten, in Cymbeline, act 2, sc. 3, l. 33-4. He has been gaming all night, and so was ea...
''I have told you enough of this. For my part I'll not meddle nor make no farther.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Pandarus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 1, l. 13-14. "Meddle nor make" was a prove...
''My chief humor is for a tyrant. I could play Ercles rarely, or a part to tear a cat in, to make all split.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 2, l. 29-30. "Humor" means inclination;...
''Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I ha' lost my reputation, I ha' lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial!''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3.
''There are many events in the womb of time which will be delivered.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 1, sc. 3, l. 369-70.
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