Shakespeare is widely known for his career in poetry. He wrote one hundred fifty-four sonnets and five long narrative poems. Shakespeare is recognized as one of the worlds greatest poets for his language use, how his poetry contained philosophical and thought inducing ideas, and his overall talent and influence.
Depicted above is a playground that is also a prison. Playgrounds represent a childish innocent freedom, while the fence is the harsh reality surrounding it. Shakespeare was known for using irony in his work to create humorous situations or emphasize a theme. It is one of the several types of language devices he portrays in his work. In Venus and Adonis, irony is utilized to add interest to the piece. In William Shakespeare : The Pocket Essentials Guide is is stated, "The portrait of Venus as a somewhat dizzy, lovestruck bimbo, very miffed that her charms won’t work on Adonis, is masterly."(Nichols 85). Shakespeare altered the character of Venus in an unexpected and revolutionary way. Shakespeare utilized the irony of the goddess of love's inability to win the affection of Adonis to create a humorous situation. Other language implements used in Shakespeare's work are iambic pentameter and prose. Iambic pentameter and prose allow the reader to pace the piece as they read to fit the tone and action of the story. In Shakespeare and the Poet's Life, an example is given that states, "The effect of her poetical ostentation is prosaic; indeed, Shakespeare does not shift from prose into iambic pentameter until Viola drops her "well penn'd" stuff (1.5.250) and speaks from the heart."(Schmidgall 135) The shift from iambic pentameter to prose takes place when Viola reveals her inner thoughts. Shakespeare timed the transition in his writing style from prose to iambic pentameter to correspond with the change in tone. Another way in which Shakespeare created utilized language to enhance his writing and choose his preferred tone for the play is stated in William Shakespeare : The Pocket Essentials Guide, "There are many lines in the poem which are, to say the least, suggestive, yet the artfulness of the language is such that they are always amusing, rather than seamy."(Nichols 85) While the poem contains suggestive language, it is perceived as humorous due to the manner in which it is presented. Shakespeare made the actual writing and the connotation converse of one another in order to intrigue and captivate the audience. An additional language instrument is used to select tone, as stated in William Shakespeare : The Pocket Essentials Guide, "The steamy, dark atmosphere of lust, betrayal and death is evoked so that one can almost feel it."(Nichols 87). The tone Shakespeare set for the poem was incredibly intense. Shakespeare utilized intonation to stir emotion in the audience and emphasize the theme of the poem. One final utensil Shakespeare used was personal pronouns, or lack thereof, as shown in The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets, "Sonnet 5 is also the first impersonal sonnet, deliberately eschewing any personal pronouns(I, you, we);in this respect it may be compared with 129(Th’expense of spirit).Wholly impersonal sonnets are very rare in the sequence,and are all the more telling when they appear, since the Sonnets is a volume dominated by personal shifters, especially by thou, you,and I.(“Shifters” are pronouns whose reference depends on the person uttering them.)" Sonnet 5 is impersonal, meaning that personal pronouns are eliminated. Shakespeare's decision to eliminate personal pronouns allows the reader to experience the Sonnet in a different way, where the lines are simply stared, not directed. In summary, Shakespeare manipulated language in several ways to achieve a desired effect with the audience and keep the reader captivated.
This is a quote from Shakespeare's play Hamlet. As with this quote, Shakespeare often encouraged his audience to have original thoughts, ideas, and questions with his deep statements that could be interpreted several ways. In World Book it is stated that, "Shakespeare wrote two long poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. Both are narrative poems—that is, they tell a story."(Lander) The poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece are written in narrative form, so they both tell a story. Narritive poems are designed to reveal something about the human condition, as Shakespeare did with his other works. Another way Shakespeare provoked thought with his work was through using biblical references. This is shown in The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets with the statements, "When god saw his creatures, he commanded them to increase and multiply. Shakespeare, in this first sonnet of the sequence,suggests we have internalized the paradisal command in an aestheticized form:From fairest creatures we desire increase."(Vendler 46) When God saw his creatures, he ordered them to reproduce. Shakespeare restates this in an astheticized form. Shakespeare writes philosophical related poems, which help relate his works to the human condition. One final way Shakespeare created a craving for knowledge in his audience is included in Shakespeare and the Poet's Life, and is stated as, "The music of Shakespeare's poems, in other words, is not like that of Bach, Handel, or Haydn, which brings the mind to a fine repose,but rather is ambiguous, equivocal, and restless (Mozartean or Wag-nerian?)—music that leaves one questioning, rather than contemplating."(Schmidgall 162) Shakespeare's work goes beyond that of complex art, as instead of contemplating a piece, the audience questions it. Shakespeare's poetry encourages individual thought and questioning as opposed to reviewing and reconsidering details the artist has given the viewer or reader. To summarize, Shakespeare's work encourages an active audience to ask questions.
These are art pieces inspired by Shakespeare. His influence has yet to dissipate or wane, as his work has survived centuries and continues to influence society today. Proof of this is stated in World Book, "Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Many people regard him as the world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced."(Lander) Shakespeare was an extremely talented and well-known playwright, poet, and actor. Shakespeare was so talented as a poet his work in the field is globally recognized. Shakespeare was and continues to be heavily respected, as shown in two statements from William Shakespeare's Life: A Genius From Stratford. The first statement discusses the words on Shakespeare's grave, "These are hardly the best of Shakespeare's lines...but they seem to have worked. His bones have lain undisturbed to this day."(Anderson 777) Shakespeare's epitaph prove how effective his words are, as they are still respected to this day. Shakespeare was so respected by society that even in the pursuit of curiosity of his cause of death, no historian would dare disobey his wishes. The second statement reestablishes how influential Shakespeare was and continues to be, "He is the most famous writer in the world, but he left us no journals or letters-he left us only his poems and his plays." While Shakespeare's work is widely recognized, there is little information that is directly confirmed about him. Regardless of how most of his life is a mystery to historians, Shakespeare is still known as the most influential playwright and poet that has ever lived. In sum, Shakespeare was and continues the most influential poet to his time and current society.
In conclusion, Shakespeare's language use, philosophical ideas and overall influence classify him as the worlds greatest poet. His many works have and continue to inspire many.