Shakespeare: What a Poet Dylan Lee

Shakespeare influenced history by helping in the shaping of Modern English, contributing to theaters, and inspiring contemporary storytellers.

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Shaping Modern English:

Quote #1: "Writing at a time when early modern English was assuming its fully modern form, Shakespeare and other Elizabethan writers looked upon the English language as alive and changing. They did not consider it fixed for all time in a set of correct and unbreakable rules" (Lander).

Commentary: Around the era where the English language as we know it was really starting to take form, Shakespeare saw how alive and constantly changing it was. He took advantage of this by naturally writing his scripts as he saw them without any rules to limit him.

Shakespeare's interpretation of modern English as it was growing would actually aid in molding it into what it is today.

Quote #2: William attended grammar school, where he studied Latin grammar, Latin literature, and rhetoric (the uses of language)" (Anderson).

Commentary: As a student, Shakespeare had studied all there was to know at the time about grammar, literature, and language. It clearly shows in his plays and the rest of the writing that he used his knowledge to his advantage. In school, he had shown his love for writing and the English language and in his later years, even contributed to the growth of it.

Quote #3: "Shakespeare experimented freely with sentence structure and vocabulary to create special effects" (Lander).

Commentary: In the vast majority of his scripts, he considered himself free to play around with the way he structured sentences and vocabulary to enhance the dramatic elements. By playing around with sentence structure and vocabulary, Shakespeare unintentionally aided in determining how Modern English would grow.

"To die, to sleep - To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come..."

Contribution to Theater:

Quote #1: "In 1599, Burbage’s theater was torn down and its timbers were used by Shakespeare and his company to build the Globe Theatre. This was the theater for which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays" (Anderson).

Commentary: In the last year of the 1500's, a theater was torn down to make way for the Globe Theatre. It happened become the theater that Shakespeare wrote most of his plays for. The Globe Theatre still remains one of the best and well-known of its kind to this day and it couldn't have made it to that title without Shakespeare's help by writing his wonderful plays for.

Quote #2: "The RSC performs in three theaters in Stratford. It presents a variety of plays but remains faithful to its tradition of staging new interpretations of Shakespeare. Many of the best-known British actors and directors have worked in the RSC." (World Book Online Editor).

Commentary: The Royal Shakespeare Company performs in known theaters in England, presenting a diversity of plays but still staying faithful to its long-running tradition of staging new interpretations of Shakespeare. Many of the very best British actors and stage directors have worked for them. He wouldn't have known it but years later, Shakespeare and his work would pave the way for now well-known stage directors and actors to find their calling in the theater.

Quote #3: "The close association between Shakespeare, his fellow actors, and the conditions of production had enormous influence on his dramas. Shakespeare wrote most of his plays with a particular theater building in mind and for performers whom he knew well" (Lander).

Commentary: Having a close association with fellow actors and production conditions would prove to have quite the influence on his stories.Thus Shakespeare wrote most of his plays with a particular theater in mind and for performers he knew and favored. In his time, Shakespeare aided the art of drama by helping some of the best actors and theaters at that period raise to the attention they deserved.

Quote #4: "Theater up until his time had been uniquely reserved for the wealthy and the educated. With the emergence of Shakespeare’s writing came tales that appealed to the masses" (Seating).

Commentary: Until he had come on to the stage, theater had been considered a unique treat only for the wealthy and educated. But when Shakespeare came into writing, emerged were finally tales that appealed to the masses and public. As a result of his plays being embedded with human truths that could appeal to everybody, the theater took a populist turn. Audience members of all classes were engaged with what was going on the stage for the first time, liking what they saw.

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Inspiring Later Storytellers:

Quote #1: "Many later writers in English have accepted the Elizabethan style as their model. As a result, much English and American literature reflects the highly individualized enthusiasm of most Elizabethan writing" (Lander).

Commentary: Even now, writers of all types have accepted the Elizabethan style that Shakespeare pioneered as their model. It is because of this that a plethora of English and American literature shares the highly personal enthusiasm and elements of most Elizabethan writing. Shakespeare's writing style would prove to be influential in how later playwrights and writers craft their work with more than several accepting the style that he was widely known for using.

Quote #2: "There is also strong circumstantial evidence of personal relationships by contemporaries who interacted with Shakespeare as an actor and a playwright" (Biography.com Editor).

Commentary: There's strong evidence that at the peak of his popularity and success, Shakespeare had personal relationships with other playwrights. No doubt Shakespeare had an effect on the fellow writers he was friends with, inspiring them with the effect he had on audiences of all sorts.

Quote #3: "The Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821) was so influenced by Shakespeare that he kept a bust of the Bard beside him while he wrote, hoping that Shakespeare would spark his creativity. Keats's poems duplicate Shakespeare's style and are full of Shakespearean imagery" (Mabillard).

Commentary: John Keats, poet of the Romantic era, would often duplicate Shakespeare's Elizabethan style and have been noted for being full of Shakespearean imagery. If only Shakespeare knew that his stories of both tragedy and comedy would inspire a poet such as John Keats to the point where he kept of a bust of Shakespeare himself besides him as he wrote, hoping that it would spark his own creativity.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “William Shakespeare’s Life: A Genius from Stratford.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 776-77.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

Mabillard, Amanda. “Shakespeare’s Influence on Other Writers.” Shakespeare Online, 3 Oct. 2013, www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/shakespearewriter.html. Accessed 9 Dec. 2016.

Pittman, L. Monique. Authorizing Shakespeare On Film And Television : Gender, Class, And Ethnicity In Adaptation. New York: Peter Lang AG, 2011. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 8 Dec. 2016.

“Royal Shakespeare Company.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

Seating, Octane. “Shakespeare’s Influence on Theatre.” Octane Seating, 3 Nov. 2016, www.octaneseating.com/the-impact-of-william-shakespeare-on-theater. Accessed 9 Dec. 2016.

Seidel, Michael. “Globe Theatre.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 5 July 2016, www.biography.com/people/william-shakespeare-9480323. Accessed 9 Dec. 2016.

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