William Shakespeare – England’s national poet, and the “Bard of Avon,” was an English poet, an acclaimed natural actor and an outstanding playwright. The bard was a respected man and known for his unique dramatic arts and style. His intellect as the playwright was not recognized, until the 19th century. It was only the beginning of Romantic Period of the 19th century that his genius was recognized, and this recognition was revered all through the Victorian period and even beyond.
In the 20th century, there were many new movements connected to English literature, which ultimately led to the re-discovery as well as adoption of the literary works. The genius of Shakespeare’s characters and his uniquely strategized plots, is original and most germane in existence. All his dramas and poetry depict human beings in their real self, communicating ideas, showing the expressions and conflicts during the times of Elizabethan England.
Whether it is the tragedy, or comedy or mix of genres; all of them were beautifully described to the extent where the readers find good reasoning to associate with events described in drama, like they were themselves the part of it.
Guess, when the subjects like Human Psychology, Information Technology, or universities like Harvard, were still not on the scene, William Shakespeare and many other bards of equal mettle made priceless advancements. Shakespeare was also the true “Metaphysical Poet” in many ways.
- Baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon
- In the early 1590s, Shakespeare wrote historical plays like Richard II, Henry VI (parts 1, 2 and 3) and Henry V.
- Member of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men Company of theatrical players from approximately 1594
- Earned a living as an actor and a playwright in London in 1592
- 15 of the 37 plays written by William Shakespeare were published until 1597
- In 1599, William Shakespeare and his business partners constructed theater (by the name of The Globe), on the south bank of the Thames River
- Before the year 1600, Shakespeare wrote the plays like Titus Andronicus,The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona
- After 1600, Shakespeare wrote the tragedies such as Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth
- William Shakespeare died on the day he was born, April 23, 1616
- In 16th and early 17th centuries wrote and acted in his plays
William Shakespeare didn’t created anything for his personal fame, quite unlike the poets of 21st Century and New Millennium. He carried forward his own passion. His dramas were inspired by real life incidents, and not by somebody’s work or features. Shakespeare’s faculties were gifted and not Spoon fed by any institution. HE WAS THE BARD.
The Bard’s Work on Display
All’s Well That Ends Well
|Henry IV, part 1||Antony and Cleopatra||The Sonnets|
|As You Like It||Henry IV, part 2||Coriolanus||A Lover’s Complaint|
|The Comedy of Errors||Henry IV, part 1||Hamlet||Funeral Elegy by W.S.|
|Cymbeline||Henry VI, part 1||Julius Caesar||Venus and Adonis|
|Love’s Labours Lost||Henry VI, part 2||King Lear||The Rape of Lucrece|
|Measure for Measure||Henry VI, part 3||Macbeth|
|The Merry Wives of Windsor||Henry VIII||Titus Andronicus|
|The Merchant of Venice||King John||Timon of Athens|
|A Midsummer Night’s Dream||Richard II||Romeo and Juliet|
|Much Ado About Nothing||Richard III||Othello|
|Pericles, Prince of Tyre|
|Taming of the Shrew|
|Troilus and Cressida|
|Two Gentlemen of Verona|
Tribute to the Greatest Bard of All Times from Arunjeet Jaggi