William Shakespeare

BY: amy gomez

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DATE OF BIRTH AND DEATH

he was born on April 23, 1564

he die on April 23, 1616

FAMILY

Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway they were married in 1582. She outlived her husband by seven years.Very little is known about her beyond a few references in legal documents, but her personality and relationship to Shakespeare have been the subject of much speculation by historians and creative writers. Shakespeare's children daughters judith an susanna, and his only son hamnet. Their first child was Susanna, born a mere six months after the wedding of her parents. She was christened on May 26, 1583, and twins arrived in January, 1585. They were baptized on February 2 of that year and named Hamnet and Judith, after two very close friends of William: the Stratford baker, Hamnet Sadler and his wife, Judith. Tragically, Hamnet Shakespeare died of unknown causes in August 1596, at the age of eleven. The events of his short life are unrecorded.

LONDON

We know it was between 1585 and 1592, but there are no known records anywhere for what he did exactly in these years. A few theories exist – he went to Italy or Flanders as a mercenary, he traveled to northern England and was a tutor in Lancashire – but most of these rely on a good deal of supposition and exist mostly to explain various concerns in Shakespeare's work. All we can really say is that it's most likely that he arrived in London some time in the late 1580s.

SONNETS

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All the sonnets are provided here, with descriptive commentary attached to each one, giving explanations of difficult and unfamiliar words and phrases, and with a full analysis of any special problems of interpretation which arise. Sonnets by other Elizabethan poets are also included, Spenser, Sidney, Drayton and a few other minor authors. The poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt are also given, with both old and modern spelling versions, and with brief notes provided. Check the menu on the left for full details of what is available.

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