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Who really is Shakespeare?Who really is Shakespeare? I'm writing an essay on him.

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missmat94 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 14, 2008 at 12:33 PM via web

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Who really is Shakespeare?

Who really is Shakespeare? I'm writing an essay on him.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 14, 2008 at 6:36 PM (Answer #2)

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Some of us have been having a discussion about this very topic. Check out all the postings at this site.

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

Posted April 16, 2008 at 8:23 AM (Answer #3)

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Fascinating man and topic!  Do a search for Stratford-on-Avon and the Folger's Shakespeare organization.  I'm sure you'll turn up some great stuff!!

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 4, 2008 at 6:12 PM (Answer #4)

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Only the most awesome author ever :-).  Can you tell I just love him? 

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted May 5, 2008 at 6:32 AM (Answer #5)

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Ditto #4! :)

eNotes has tons of great information on Shakespeare.  Click on Literature, then on "Shakespeare at eNotes."

Another great site is http://www.bardweb.net/england.html

Good luck! :)

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hollilollipop | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 8, 2008 at 4:22 PM (Answer #6)

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Shakespeare was born in Stratford and was born on april 23,1564. He is a beloved author and has written many plays and sonnets

lol believe it or not im only 12 but im doing a report on him;()

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hollilollipop | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 8, 2008 at 4:28 PM (Answer #7)

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William Shakespeare remains a mysterious figure with regards to personal history. There are just two primary sources for information on the Bard: his works, and various legal and church documents that have survived from Elizabethan times. Naturally, there are many gaps in this body of information, which tells us little about Shakespeare the man.

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, allegedly on April 23, 1564. Church records from Holy Trinity Church indicate that he was baptized there on April 26, 1564. Young William was born of John Shakespeare, a glover and leather merchant, and Mary Arden, a landed local heiress. William, according to the church register, was the third of eight children in the Shakespeare household—three of whom died in childhood. John Shakespeare had a remarkable run of success as a merchant, alderman, and high bailiff of Stratford, during William's early childhood. His fortunes declined, however, in the late 1570s.

William Shakespeare's legacy is a body of work that will never again be equaled in Western civilization. His words have endured for 400 years, and still reach across the centuries as powerfully as ever. Even in death, he leaves a final piece of verse as his epitaph:

 

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hollilollipop | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 8, 2008 at 4:29 PM (Answer #8)

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my report... rate out of 200

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 8, 2008 at 5:03 PM (Answer #9)

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I would suggest 100 out of 200.  You mention his childhood, but nothing about his marriage, his work as an actor, or his slow gain in popularity as his works are well-received by audiences and royalty alike.  For example, Shakespeare's will specified that his wife receive only his "second-best bed".

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ctdi | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 7, 2008 at 6:35 PM (Answer #10)

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www.marlowe-shakespeare.blogspot.com/

 

Visit the blog.  It was Christopher Marlowe!

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

Posted June 10, 2008 at 7:14 AM (Answer #11)

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William shakespeare was a genius with words, I think one of his greatest pieces was the merchant of venice.

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

Posted June 10, 2008 at 7:25 AM (Answer #12)

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Shakespeare was a literary genius. He is still reveared as one of the greatest poets to ever live. He was a husband and father, he often played in his own plays and productions, and sometimes played a female in those plays and productions.

                                                     I hope I was some help.
 

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