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evenflow | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 6, 2008 at 9:35 AM via web

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What was one of Shakespeares most famous pieces?

What was one of Shakespeares most famous pieces?

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rowens | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 6, 2008 at 10:29 AM (Answer #2)

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I would have difficulty naming just ONE of Shakespeares famous works. There are so many that come to mind. They infiltrate so much of what we see and hear today. For example, the films What Dreams May Come and Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country both get their titles from lines in Hamlet, and the book title The Sound and the Fury is an allusion (or reference) to Macbeth. So, I will list a few of my favorites that are very well-known.

Tragedies:

Romeo and Juliet

Julius Caesar

Hamlet (my personal favorite)

Macbeth

King Lear

Comedies:

Much Ado About Nothing

A Midsummer Night's Dream 

The Taming of the Shrew

As You Like It

Histories:

Henry IV (parts one and two)

Henry V

And of course, he his famous for his many sonnets.

You can find lots of information on Shakespeare and his works at the link below.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 6, 2008 at 2:10 PM (Answer #3)

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Don't forget the sonnets...I love Sonnet 130 and Sonnet 29.  I think the latter is the most famous.

Everything this man wrote is worth reading.  Dig in! 

 

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 17, 2010 at 8:35 AM (Answer #9)

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I love the plays but would head straight to the sonnets in response to this topic.  If you read enough of them you notice a progression in thought and attitudes about love, loyalty, fame, and a host of other themes.  While we don't know in what order they were written, we tend to study them in order.  Sonnet 18 is probably the most widely anthologized, and Sonnet 130 is a great example of Shakespeare's ability to take a common idea, in this case what is typically regarded as beautiful, and turn it on it's head, ending with the utmost compliment that his love is rarer than all others. 

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted June 6, 2008 at 3:14 PM (Answer #4)

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I agree that perhaps just one cannot be singled out for being most famous; however, instinct would lead me to say Romeo and Juliet.

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ctdi | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 7, 2008 at 6:38 PM (Answer #5)

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM (Answer #6)

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Check out this link on enotes:

http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-influence

While some of his plays and sonnets are more known than others, I would agree with earlier posts that there isn't one "most famous" piece.  What is interesting is the many ways that he and his writings have influenced art, literature, and pop culture in the time since he lived.

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted June 15, 2008 at 8:21 AM (Answer #7)

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Think of the soliloquies within the plays...Hamlet's "To be, or not to be;" Macbeth's "Life's but a walking shadow;" Juliet's "Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds"...Even the small bits are genius!

Check out this link, too -

www.theshakespearepapers.com

 

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted July 30, 2008 at 10:15 AM (Answer #8)

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Most English teachers will reference his Big 5 rather than any one individual work - Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear (although some substitute Othello for KL).

One other interesting thing that hadn't been mentioned yet - WS was the inventor of the mini-series.  His plays about King Henry IV and King Henry VI were originally performed in installments.

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