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
- Fear No More
- My mistress' eyes are nothing like the s...
- Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
- Hark! Hark! The Lark
- Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage o...
- Bridal Song
- Full Fathom Five
- Sonnet 138: When my love swears that she...
- A Madrigal
Quotationsmore quotations »
''The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 1st Murderer, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 3, l. 5-7.
Now spurs the lated traveller apace
To gain the timely inn.''
''O, what a world of vile ill-favoured faults,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Anne, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 3, sc. 4, l. 31-2 (1602).
Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year!''
''Keep this man safe;William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 5, sc. 4, l. 27-9. On the capture of Lucilius.
Give him all kindness. I had rather have
Such men my friends than enemies.''
''Beatrice. I am stuffed, cousin, I cannot smell.William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Beatrice and Margaret, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 4, l. 64-6. Beatrice is "st...
Margaret. A maid, and stuffed! There's goodly catching of cold.''
Bottom. What is Pyramus? A lover or a tyrant?William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom and Quince, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 2, l. 22-6.
Quince. A lover that kills himself, most gallant, for love.
Bottom. That will ask some tears in the true performing of it. If I do it, let t...
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