czwartek, 4 lipca 2013

William Shakespeare

              There are many famous authors writing in English but none of them holds a candle to a 17th century playwright, poet and actor - William Shakespeare.

Surprisingly, we don't know much about Shakespeare's life apart from a few details and dates. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and baptised there on the 26th of April 1564. When he was 18 years old he married Anne Hathaway (8 years his senior), with whom he had three children.

Shakespeare revolutionised plays. He broke the ancient 3 unanimity rule (time, place, action). He wrote around 38 plays (there are still some disputes over the number), poems and sonnets. Many words or expressions, without even realising that, we use today, come from Shakespeare's works. He was a very inventive word builder.

Shakespeare's characters are unforgettable. They are portrayed in many different situations: being in love (Romeo and Juliet), power hungry (Macbeth), thinking about suicide (Hamlet), having dilemmas (Othello), making mistakes (The Comedy of Errors), or performing psychological tricks (The Taming of the Shrew). That's why the plays are always interesting and never lose their contemporary sound.

The man himself ?

The house where Shakespeare was born

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