What and who influenced William Shakespeare?what and who influence William Shakespeare to write poems,plays,and other sort of writting? How did he started out writing poems and plays

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shaketeach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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?