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William Shakespeare

Post by Waynez on Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:28 pm

After attending the King Edward VI Grammar School, William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway who was eight years older. Some records indicate that Anne was eight years older than Shakespeare and three months pregnant when they wed. The two had three children. The first was Susanna in 1583, and fraternal twins in 1585, a boy who later died at age 11 named Hamnet, and Judith. Strangely, little is known about Shakespeare from the mid to late 1580s and into the 1590s. It is known; however, that he and his family moved to London where he held a prominent rank in the theatrical scene and gained immense popularity and wealth. Not only was he the writer of his plays, but an actor and a part-owner of his own play company who dubbed themselves “The Lord Chamberlain’s Men” after their sponsor, Lord Chamberlain. In 1603, Shakespeare’s company was taken under the wing of King James I. Following, the theater group was called “The King’s Men”. With such financial backing and a growing number of theatergoers from different social levels who enjoyed his diverse works, Shakespeare’s fame grew immensely throughout London. Not until after his death was Shakespeare considered the greatest playwright and poet in the history of the English language. With dramatic works such as Romeo and Juliet and King Lear, it is no surprise that his texts have been translated worldwide. But, Shakespeare’s greatness might stem from his ability to cross genres and produce works in comedy such as A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, history such as in Hamlet, and romance (or fantasy-like), such as in The Tempest. Some of his works also include those labeled problem-plays or tragi-comedies due to the difficulty of labeling them under one strict genre. No other playwright was able to develop plot, characterization, theme, and especially irony as William Shakespeare. In his works, the characters are human, real, and problematic. He leaves room for interpretation and explores the gray area where the line between good and bad is not distinct. In Macbeth, for example, Shakespeare explores the eerie occurrences when man tries to avoid his own fate. His works are enjoyable and give even the best scholars deep points to consider. William Shakespeare’s poems are arranged in collections of sonnets, which were actually published during his lifetime. In his sonnets, he explores life, death, love, and human beauty and fragility. Interestingly, out of 144 total sonnets, 126 of them are written to a young man, which modern interpretations allude to a love and admiration beyond friendship. But, this point has been debated among scholars throughout time – whether the young man was more than a friend may never be known. With all that is unknown about Shakespeare’s life, many such scholars have even debated whether Shakespeare actually authored his works. This debate has lost backing though, as all the evidence is suggestive in nature. Other Shakespearian experts have written biographies about him where they explore such accusations. One aspect; however, is certain – William Shakespeare’s plays are the most performed and his works the most read and discussed in the entire canon of English Literature.

shakespeare birth:
The baptismal register of the Holy Trinity parish church, in Stratford, shows the following entry for April 26, 1564: Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakespeare. The actual date of Shakespeare's birth is not known, but, traditionally, April 23, St George's Day, has been Shakespeare's accepted birthday, and a house on Henley Street in Stratford, owned by William's father, John, is accepted as Shakespeare's birth place. However, the reality is that no one really knows when the great dramatist was born. According to The Book of Common Prayer, it was required that a child be baptized on the nearest Sunday or holy day following the birth, unless the parents had a legitimate excuse. As Dennis Kay proposes in his book Shakespeare: <blockquote>If Shakespeare was indeed born on Sunday, April 23, the next feast day would have been St. Mark's Day on Tuesday the twenty-fifth. There might well have been some cause, both reasonable and great -- or perhaps, as has been suggested, St. Mark's Day was still held to be unlucky, as it had been before the Reformation, when altars and crucifixes used to be draped in black cloth, and when some claimed to see in the churchyard the spirits of those doomed to die in that year. . . .but that does not help to explain the christening on the twenty-sixth (54).</blockquote>No doubt Shakespeare's true birthday will remain a mystery forever. But the assumption that the Bard was born on the same day of the month that he died lends an exciting esoteric highlight to the otherwise mundane details of Shakespeare's life.

Spoiler:
<blockquote>There are several portraits and miniatures of Shakespeare. Here is some information about the most important:</blockquote> 1) Chandos Portrait. The Chandos portrait of Shakespeare is named after its owners, the Dukes of Chandos. Some believe that Shakespeare's friend and fellow actor Richard Burbage painted it and gave it to Joseph Taylor, an actor with the King's Men. Taylor then left the painting to William Davenant, the man who claimed to be Shakespeare's illegitimate son. However, this theory cannot be supported with historical evidence. The Chandos portrait was no doubt painted when Shakespeare was alive, unlike the posthumous painting, the Droeshout. Some critics argue that the painting cannot be of Shakespeare. In 1856 it became the property of Britain's National Portrait Gallery. 2) The Droeshout Portrait. Created by the English engraver Martin Droeshout, this picture appears on the cover of the First Folio, and is one of only two images of the Bard considered genuine (the other being the Stratford Monument also called the Bust of Shakespeare). It is unlikely that Shakespeare posed for Droeshout and the artist probably worked from another painting that has long since disappeared. 3)The Flower Portrait. Named for it owner, Sir Desmond Flower, who donated it to the Shakespeare Museum in 1911. This painting is probably a copy of the Droeshout portrait. Most scholars classify the Flower portrait as a forgery made in the 18th century. 4) The Faithorne Portrait. The Droeshout engraving was copied by William Faithorne for the frontispiece of the 1655 edition of the "Rape of Lucrece", and the 5) Marshall Portrait was an imitation of the Droeshout portrait for the cover of the 1640 edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Both of these portraits embellished on the Droeshout, introducing unrealistic details. 6) The Soest Portrait. the Soest or Zoust portrait was owned by Thomas Wright of Covent Garden in 1725 when it was engraved by John Simon. The painting was created by Soest some 21 years after Shakespeare's death and is primarily based on his imagination as an artist. 7) The Hilliard Miniature. This is the most popular of the Shakespeare miniatures and was owned successively by the poet William Somerville, Sir James Bland Burges, and Lord Nothcote. It is a wonderful work of art, but it is not of much value as an authoritative representation of Shakespeare.

The Death:
The cause of Shakespeare's death is a mystery, but an entry in the diary of John Ward, the vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford (where Shakespeare is buried), tells us that "Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson had a merry meeting and it seems drank too hard, for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted." Ward, a self-proclaimed Shakespeare fan, wrote his diary fifty years after Shakespeare died and most historians agree it appears to be a baseless anecdote. It should be noted though that a serious outbreak of typhus, known as the "new fever", in 1616 (the year Shakespeare died), lends credibility to Ward's story.C. Martin Mitchell, in his insightful biography of Shakespeare's physician and son-in-law, Dr. John Hall, presents the following hypothesis: "I have formed the opinion that it was more likely than not in the nature of a cerebral hemorrhage or apoplexy that quickly deepened and soon became fatal. There are three reasons for this. Firstly, the hurried reconstruction and inter-lineated clauses of the Will not allowing time for it to be copied afresh before signature; Secondly, the earliest and clearest impressions of the Droeshout frontispiece of the First Folioshow outstanding shadings, suggesting marked thickening of the left temporal artery – a sign of atheroma and arterio-sclerosis; and thirdly, such a termination is quite common in men who have undergone such continuous mental and physical strain over a prolonged period as our actor-manager-dramatist must have been subjected to throughout his, undoubtedly, strenuous career. Richard Burbage who daily shared the same theatrical life, himself died of such a seizure after twenty-four hours illness, and within a year or two of Shakespeare’s death" (Mitchell, 79).Unfortunately, Shakespeare's death at the age of 52 will almost surely remain a mystery. We do know, however, that in a world where plague, syphilis, typhus, scurvy, tuberculosis, smallpox, malaria, dysentery and toothaches shortened a Londoner’s life expectancy to 35 years, Shakespeare fared quite well, leading a relatively long and healthy life.

Love Quote(My Fave):
They do not love that do not show their love.
The course of true love never did run smooth.
Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.

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Re: William Shakespeare

Post by valmar on Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:23 am

I've just performed one of his works, entitled Macbeth yesterday Ketawa
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Re: William Shakespeare

Post by Administrator on Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:57 pm

I love shakespeare's books.. coz there are many great quotes come from him ^^

especially these quotes.. My fave quotes :

Shakespeare wrote:"When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions."
"Listen to many, speak to a few."
"Boldness be my friend."

and... especially this one:
"Men's vows are women's traitors!"
This quote is spoken by woman when her husband has betrayed her. Basically it means that men's promises are not worth anything.

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Re: William Shakespeare

Post by Waynez on Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:27 pm

i found myself hardly understand his poets, especially when i read them more than once, hmm...
his style of writing just like in bible, don't you agree??i know that you couldn't agree more, hahaha
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