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who was he?

more that 400 years ago born In about April 26, 1564 Shakespeare was born in Stratford. Going to school the Stratford grammar school, where he learned to read write, and even act! No one knows how he started his career, but estimated first play was Henry VI, part II written in about 1594.

His sonnets

Shakespeare had a very set structure for his sonnets, today this is called iambic pentameter. Iambic pentameter can only be described as a poem with 10 syllables per line. In each line there are 5 sets of two syllables, which are mixtures of stressed and unstressed syllables. the rhyme scheme is as follows: A B A B, C D C D, E F E F, G G. Shakespeare wrote 154 of these sonnets, all of the following the before mentioned format!


If you have read one of Shakespeare's plays you may have noticed the distinct type of English he uses. This, is formally known as Shakespearean. Shakespeare helped develop a lot of the English language. During his time, a lot was changing in art and science, so a lot of the words and phrases he used were completely new at the time! Below is a clip from midsummers nights dream, used as an example of the language of Shakespearean plays!
A Midsummer Night's Dream • Act 5 • Scene 1

The Globe Theater

the decision to build the globe was around 1598. The playhouse then when on to being built, finishing in 1599. The motto of the play house: the whole world is a playhouse, true to the theaters name the globe theater. The first play performed in the theater was Julius Caesar on September 21st. This was just the beginning of it's illustrious career.


Shakespeare definitely left his mark on the world when he passed at the age of 52. Along with his birth there is no exact date, many predict that he died on the 23rd of April in 1616. Though his life didn't go to wast. He wrote 37 plays in his lifetime. Though it has been over 400 years, his plays are still read and performed all of the world. He set a high bar for performers and play writes alike, and it has been yet to be met.