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William Shakespeare: The Bard of All Time


Shakespeare  •  23 Apr, 2024  •  28,101 Views  •  ⭐ 2.3

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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“He was not of an age, but for all time!”
exclaimed Ben Jonson

April 23 holds a special place in the annals of literature, marking the birth and death anniversary of William Shakespeare, the illustrious Bard of Avon. Known for his rich contributions to English literature and the global stage, Shakespeare's legacy spans over four centuries, resonating through time with his profound insights into human nature. His name is synonymous with literary genius and continues to captivate and inspire audiences centuries after his time. As we explore his life from the cobblestone streets of Stratford-upon-Avon to the bustling stages of London, we uncover the indelible mark he left on the English language and global culture. This blog delves into Shakespeare’s transformative impact on theatre, literature, and beyond, celebrating his legacy through the iconic Globe Theatre, his profound influence on modern media, and the worldwide festivities that honour his birthday each year.

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Early Life in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Bard of Avon: A Biography of William Shakespeare | by Aftab Ahmed |  Medium
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William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in the bustling market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He was the third of eight children in the Shakespeare family, born to John Shakespeare, a successful glove-maker and alderman, and Mary Arden, a woman from a prosperous family. Despite the gaps in the records regarding his education, it is generally believed that Shakespeare attended the King’s New School in Stratford, where he would have studied Latin literature, history, and rhetoric, laying the foundation for his future literary exploits.

Marriage and Family

Anne Hathaway
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At the age of eighteen, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, a woman eight years his senior. Together they had three children: Susanna, born in 1583, and twins Hamnet and Judith, born in 1585. The death of his son Hamnet at the age of 11 may have had a profound impact on Shakespeare, as themes of grief and loss permeate many of his later works.

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The London Years: Rise to Prominence

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In the late 1580s, Shakespeare moved to London, where he began to establish himself as a playwright and actor. The city's thriving theatrical scene offered ample opportunities for Shakespeare to showcase his talents. By the early 1590s, he was not only acting but also writing plays that were being performed on London’s most prominent stages, including The Theatre and, later, the famous Globe Theatre.

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