Museum Of Natural Writers

A gripping tale of Renaissance writers and their stories

Saint Peter Museum of Natural Writers

The Saint Peter Museum Of Natural Writers showcases 2 two writers from the renaissance era. In showcase this weekend we have William Shakespeare and John Milton. William Shakespeare and John Milton both are known as great English writers. In fact some of Miltons poems were inspired by Shakespeare and the rest is history!

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Wiliam Shakespeare

William Shakespeares' birth is unknown but with the date of his baptism on April 26th, 1594 it is suspected to be on April 23rd, 1594. Shakespeare had 5 siblings with 2 older sisters and 3 younger brothers. On November 28, 1582 he married a woman named Anne Hathaway. Together they had 2 children and lived in Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town on the Avon river. In 1592 Shakespeare earned a living as an actor and playwright in London. From 1592-1597 15 out of his 37 plays were published. Shakespeare wrote plays appropriate to the time period with rhetorical phrases and elaborate metaphors, that didn't line up with the plot or characters. In the early 1590's (with the exception of Romeo and Juliet) he mostly wrote histories such as: "Richard II", "Henry VI", and "Henry V". He also in this time wrote comedies such as: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "As You Like It". In the late !1590's he wrote tragedies and Tragcomedies such as: "Hamlet", "Othello", and "Macbeth". In 1616 with a tragedy of his own life, William Shakespeare was pronounced dead on April 25th, 1616.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Is one of the greatest stories Shakespeare ever wrote. This lovely tragedy is still preformed today. There have been over 30 movies made for this story, and others just like it. The tragic story of star-crossed lovers who resolve a family feud only after killing themselves has had a huge impact on many people over the long time it has been around. Even before Shakespeare wrote it. Shakespeare wrote this based off of "The Tragical History Of Romeus And Juliet" written by Authur Brooke in 1562, and "Palace of pleasure" by William Painter in 1567. Though he used many aspects from both plays to create his own, he personalized it with the development of many other supporting characters.
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John Milton

John Milton was born on December 9th, 1608 in London England. Milton was known as the next great author after William Shakespeare. Milton grew up with 1 older sister and 1 younger brother. After going to "elementary school" and studying with many tutors, Milton learned Greek, Latin, and Italian languages. He learned these through his tutors and going to church. Church is where he was inspired to start writing poems in different languages because of the sermon they would give in the form of poetry. After that John Milton attended the University of Cambridge for 7 years. He did not like the way they taught there but still attended. Some of his early works before and after Cambridge included pamphlets that went against the Church of England and the monarchy. In 1628 after the death of his niece he wrote the poem "On the Death of a Fair Dying Infant". Milton wrote many of his works in Latin. Letters, short poems and two of his most important works, Comus and "Lycidas". These poems are known as major literary achievement. With these two he established his place as a significant writer by 1640. 30 years later, in 1674, Milton died. The date is not for certain but is suspected to be November 8th, 1674.

Paradise of the Lost, book by John Milton

Paradise of the lost is a "10 book" book first published in 1667. This book had over 10,000 lines of verse. Milton began writing his in 1658( though is suspected to have began in his childhood for some of the content s childhood memories) and finished in 1663. Milton states that the English civil war interrupted his attempt at the "epic poem that would encompass all space and time." The first book out of ten was about the relationship between Satan, Adam and Eve. The themes that went on throughout this whole book was marriage and idolatry. Before Milton died his 10 book within one turned into 12 in 1674.
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