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What and who influenced William Shakespeare?what and who influence William Shakespeare...
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High School Teacher
Actually, very little is known about his early life and influences. We do know that he attended Edward VI school in Stratford-upon-Avon and this involved a rigid eduction in Greek and Latin.
We also know that traveling groups of actors visited and performed in Stratford and the local area. Growing up, Shakespeare would have seen these groups perform.
We do know the sources of most of his plays. These sources were Holinshed (his history plays), Plutarch (Greek and Roman plays), Ovid, and a variety of already written plays and stories.
His genius was in taking stories that had already been told but add his own twists and amazing language.
There are only two plays that have not been sourced, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Tempest.
Posted by shaketeach on July 20, 2011 at 5:05 AM (Answer #4)
Middle School Teacher
This is a good question. The answer is that I don't think we will ever really know. Shakespeare's life was a long time ago, but is also shrouded in secrecy, misinformation, confusion and lost information. We will keep digging, but who knows if you'll ever find anything out?
Posted by litteacher8 on October 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM (Answer #5)
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