Shakespeare was known for both poems and plays, but his poetry actually endured his fame more than his playwriting did.
In 1593, he began writing the 154 Sonnets (people believe he finished them in 1597). He also wrote 30 plays that were centered around either history, comedy, tragedy, or romance. Although, he didn't write his last play, The Two Noble Kinsmen, until 1614.
On March 25, 1616, Shakespeare signed his will. Almost a month later on April 23, he died and has been remembered to be known as the English national poet and as the greatest dramatist of all time.