William Shakespeare Bello Olawoye Period-4


William Shakespeare is one of the most well known playwright, poet, and actor of his time making some of the most memorable poetry and plays known all around the world.

Playwright Quote 1:

"Appeal and Influence Since his death Shakespeare's plays have been almost continually performed, in non-English-speaking nations as well as those where English is the native tongue; they are quoted more than the works of any other single author."

Playwright Commentary 1:

William Shakespeare will always be remembered throughout history for all the work he has done. He wrote his play hundreds of years ago yet society today is still performing them in places like Broadway. Although he is dead men and women alike are still quoting his work more than any other author.

Playwright Quote 2:

"The strength of Shakespeare's plays lies in the absorbing stories they tell, in their wealth of complex characters, and in the eloquent speech—vivid, forceful, and at the same time lyric—that the playwright puts on his characters' lips. It has often been noted that Shakespeare's characters are neither wholly good nor wholly evil, and that it is their flawed, inconsistent nature that makes them memorable."

Playwright Commentary 2:

The plays Shakespeare wrote were always much deeper than some story. Each character is complex not being like 2D characters we see in today's plays or movies.

Playwright Quote 3:

"He is the most famous writer in the world, but he left us no journals or letters-he left us only poems and his plays. Year after year he provided it with plays, almost on demand. Shakespeare was the ultimate professional writer."

Playwright Commentary 3:

William Shakespeare didn't feel the need to leave us, the fans, any personal information he just left behind his plays. He was more interested in leaving behind his great work instead of making an autobiography.

Playwright Quote 4:

"For about 150 years after his death no one seemed to doubt that Shakespeare wrote the works attributed to him. However, in the latter parts of the 18th cent. questions began to arise as to whether or not the historical William Shakespeare was indeed the author."

Playwright Commentary 4:

Back then William Shakespeare was not known as a author, he was mostly known for being a playwright and poet, but today he is know one of the best authors of all time. Many people have claimed Shakespeare didn't write his own play because he doesn't have the proper education to write such complex plays. But these claims are obviously false.

Actor 1 Quote:

"Shakespeare generally followed the Elizabethan custom of basing his plots on published historical and literary works. But he differed from most other dramatists in one important way. In retelling a story, Shakespeare shaped the borrowed material with such genius that he produced a work of art that was uniquely different from its source."

Actor 1 Commentary:

Shakespeare was different from all the other actors of the time. He was unique thinking outside the box and in the process of doing so he created masterpieces.

Actor 2 Quote:

"At each stage of his career, Shakespeare tended to concentrate on a certain kind of drama, depending on the tastes of his audience at that time."

Actor 2 Commentary:

Shakespeare reformed the way or which play he did depending on the type of audience he was going to have. He knew that he couldn't be doing a funny play if he was going to be having a serious audience that just wouldn't make any sense. By reforming to the type of audience he had Shakespeare pleased his audience by giving them what they want to see.

Actor 3 Quote:

"After arriving in London, Shakespeare began an association with one of the city’s repertory theater companies. These companies consisted of a permanent cast of actors who presented a variety of plays week after week."

Actor 3 Commentary:

Shakespeare started from the bottom when he moved to London and climbed his way up to where we know he is today. He has a theater known for hosting a majority his plays and everybody knows his name.

Poet Quote 1:

"From mid-1592 to 1594, London authorities frequently closed the theaters because of repeated outbreaks of plague. Without the income provided by acting and playwriting, Shakespeare turned to poetry."

Poet Commentary 1:

Although Shakespeare's main reason for becoming a poet was because of all the theaters closing he put the passion he had for playwriting and acting into his poems. His poems grew very popular but once the theaters started opening up again he went back to them.

Poet Quote 2:

"Shakespeare's sonnets are by far his most important nondramatic poetry. They were first published in 1609, although many of them had certainly been circulated privately before this, and it is generally agreed that the poems were written sometime in the 1590s. Scholars have long debated the order of the poems and the degree of autobiographical content."

Poet Commentary 2:

Shakespeare wrote many non dramatic pieces of poetry that are very successful still to this day. He is known England's national poet because of his great pieces of work.

Poet Quote 3:

"Despite the commercial success of these early publications, Shakespeare made no effort to make a career of poetry. When the theaters reopened, he returned to acting and playwriting."

Poet Commentary 3:

Although Shakespeare was successful with some of the first poems he wrote he still had his eyes on play writing and acting, once the theaters opened once more he returned to what he was more passionate about. Even though he returned to the theater his poems were still widely popular.

Works Cited:

Anderson, Robert. “Shakespeare And His Theater: A Perfect Match.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 778-80.

---. “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. 17 Nov. 2016.

RAVILIOUS, KATE. “The Bard At Home.” Archaeology 69.4 (2016): 44-47. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

Rubinstein, William. “Who Was Shakespeare?.” History Today 51.8 (2001): 28. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.


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