William Shakespeare is often referred to as "the Bard of England" because he was viewed as the greatest and unofficial national poet of England. This title was not given to him until during the 20th century when his works were rediscovered and performed by others.
Traditionally, a bard was someone who wrote about heroes and their acts and although it may sometimes be used to refer to someone who writes poems, it more often than not refers to someone who is revered for their poetry. Shakespeare's works continue to be seen as genius because they deal with human beings and a wide range of emotions that extend far beyond their original origins.Learn More
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 >
Queen Elizabeth I was the monarch when William Shakespeare was born and remained queen until her death in 1603. Elizabeth I had no consort. James I was her successor, and he remained on the throne when Shakespeare died in 1616.Full Answer >
When, in "Romeo and Juliet", the title characters are referred to as "star-cross'd lovers," Shakespeare is foreshadowing or warning of their ultimately tragic destiny. Although Shakespeare coined the phrase, "star-cross'd," meaning ill-fated, for this play, it would have been understood at the time as a reference to astrology, or to the figuring of fate in the stars.Full Answer >
The exact cause of William Shakespeare's death is not known, but many historians believe that he fell victim to an outbreak of typhus that took England by storm in 1616. That is the same year that Shakespeare died.Full Answer >