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article in not more than 200 words on ‘Shakespeare – a versatile genius’.
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Shakespeare has been referred to as a versatile genius primarily because of his variety as well as universatility of his literary output. His 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and other works have inspired people across the globe for mre than four hundred years. Shakespeare was so highly capacious in spite of being "untutored", so unversal a humanist who never chose to incline his writings towards any particular genre. His early plays were comedies like The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and histories like Henry VI(parts I, II & III) and Henry IV(parts I & II). Until 1608, he had written numerous tragedies like Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and King Lear and Anthony and Cleopatra which are one of the finest dramatic works in the English language. The last phase of his writing produced tragicomedies (or romances) such as Pericles and The Tempest . Quite early in his writing career, in the mid 1990s, he wrote his Sonnets, breaking away from the Petrachan conventions prevalent in Elizabethan sonneteering. His way of adapting to every form of writing is almost miraculously characteristic of his prodigious versatility. In today’s world, Shakespearean works have been widely read, performed and rediscovered as material immune from the restrictions of time and place. This prodigious playwright has a phenomenal way of approaching and presenting life in its broad universal spectrum and cutting across all classifying genres.
Posted by kc4u on June 17, 2011 at 10:43 PM (Answer #1)
In addition to the previous answer, you can write something about his personal life as well. (provided that you haven't written the article already!:P)
Posted by bipashanath on June 23, 2011 at 8:42 PM (Answer #2)
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