Biography Of William Shakespeare In 200 Words

Write an article in not more than 200 words on ‘Shakespeare – a versatile genius’.

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kipling2448 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The complete works of William Shakespeare is so voluminous and so impressive that speculation has existed for many years regarding the true provenance of these works. It is almost too difficult to believe that any one individual could have produced what are almost-universally recognized as some of the greatest works of literature in history. If one is tasked with presenting the case for Shakespeare's genius, then one need only peruse the breadth and volume of his plays, sonnets and narrative poems. Shakespeare is credited with authorship of 37 plays so well conceived and written that, in some cases, they remain some of the most popular material pertaining to real historical individuals and events (such as the assassination of Julius Caesar). In addition to his plays, Shakespeare wrote at least the 154 sonnets credited to him.

Shakespeare can be considered a genius because of the endurance of his works as well as the range of topics and the successful employment of humor, tragedy and drama. The same playwright who authored Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Hamlet also wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Comedy of Errors, and All's Well That Ends Well. All of these plays are still widely read and produced hundreds of years after they were written. Many lines from Shakespeare's plays became permanent parts of the popular lexicon. Hamlet's soliloquy, "to be or not to be," and Richard III's plea for a means with which to reengage the battle ("A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!") are known to millions of people many of whom have never actually read either play.

Within the realm of literature, if William Shakespeare is not a genius, then nobody is a genius.

kc4u | Student

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.

anandkrishnan | Student

yaa i didn't

bipashanath | Student

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)

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