William Shakespeare is known most for his playwriting, but he also wrote 154 sonnets as well as a number of other poems. Born in 1564, Shakespeare is considered by many the greatest dramatist of all time.Know More
Little is known about Shakespeare's upbringing or why he became a playwright and a poet. However, there is evidence that by 1592, Shakespeare was earning a living as an actor and a playwright in London. He was also a managing partner in the Lord Chamberlain's Men, one of the prominent acting companies in London. After the crowning of King James I in 1603, the company changed its name to King's Men, and by all accounts, Shakespeare stayed a member of the group when he started publishing his work. Shakespeare also began writing poems at this time and dedicated his first and second published poems ("Venus and Adonis" in 1593 and "The Rape of Lucrece" in 1594) to the Earl of Southampton, Henry Wriothesley.
All of Shakespeare's sonnets were written with just a number rather than a title. His first sonnet begins with the line, "From fairest creatures we desire increase." His second sonnet begins with the line, "When forty winters shall beseige they brow."Learn more about Literature
Two monarchs held the English throne during the time that Shakespeare wrote his plays, and both came to be patrons of his work. The first was Elizabeth I and the second was James I.Full Answer >
William Shakespeare was inspired to write "Romeo and Juliet" by a poem titled "Romeus and Juliet" by Arthur Brooks. In fact, Shakespeare's play shares many of the details of Brooks' poem. The story, however, was a commonly told one throughout Europe and was not unique to Brooks either.Full Answer >
Shakespeare is still relevant because of his work's lasting impact on literature and the English language. Many modern works are based on Shakespeare's plays, while many words and phrases still used today were first coined by Shakespeare.Full Answer >
Shakespeare is still relevant today because he is considered to be the greatest ever dramatist, prose writer and poet by many due to his rich language, complex characters and essential themes. The themes of treachery, honor, bravery, love and political intrigue are still themes in the modern era.Full Answer >