Classical Author Society

An author whose work has thrived and expanded through history is one, surely, of our tremendous interest. William Shakespeare, the English poet, writer, and actor is indubitably a person whose name has been whispered from all corners of the world and reached our ears, whether from TV shows or our British Literature class. How much do we know about this mystical writer and his words and phrases that sometimes seem Greek to us?

 

William Shakespeare was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town south of Warwickshire, England. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway (No, not the actress) and had three children. His first recorded works were written in the early 1590s but most of his more popular and well known pieces were written between 1589 and 1613. Shakespeare wrote comedies, histories, tragedies and romances which were appreciated at the time, being performed in the Globe theatre. However, it did not rise to its height until the 19th century- sadly, after our beloved author died in 1616 at the age of 52. His plays and works were and still are, however, ones which are vulnerable to criticism. For instance, The Taming of the Shrew is often seen by modern critics as advocating the taming of a woman’s independent and free spirit. Despite that, his plays and various poems are studied, performed,and used in countless numbers of schools as an important aspect of English literature.

 

Some of Shakespeare’s famous works include:

-Romeo and Juliet, the story of the star crossed lovers of Capulet and Montague.

-A Midsummer Night’s Dream

-Much Ado About Nothing

-Hamlet

 

Shakespeare also spent his career penning down sonnets (a form of poetry). In fact, he compiled a collection of 154 sonnets mainly about time, love, beauty, and mortality in a book: Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

 

Not only has Shakespeare written many of our timeless dramas and poems, he has also contributed a plethora of new words to the English language.  He did this by either adapting already existing words or creating completely new ones, For instance:

-dauntless

-bloodstained

-advertising

-dawn

-dwindle

-blushing

-flawed.

 

On top of that, many of our phrases and sayings are created by our dear, deceased writer:

Without his ideas, we wouldn’t have

“A dish fit for the gods!” –Julius Caesar

“A sorry sight”- Macbeth

“All of a sudden”-The Taming of the Shrew

“As good luck would have it”-The Merry Wives of Windsor

“For ever and a day”-The Taming of the Shrew

“I have not slept one wink”-Cymbeline

“Love is blind”-Henry V, The Merchant of Venice

“The game is afoot” –King Henry IV Part I

(Must I say this?)” To be, or not to be, that is the question.” –Hamlet

 

 

He’s become so dear to us that in fact, his portrait resides against a wall of one of our very own ICS classrooms!

(We must remind you that this is merely a printed copy)

 

William Shakespeare is definitely a timeless author and poet whose words will undoubtedly ring in our ears for many more years to come.

All the world’s a stage…

And remember

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.

 shakespeare

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