Sub-topic 1 Plays
"The Wooden O" (Anderson 778).
Paraphrase: In 1576, outside the walls of London, an actor-manager named James Burbage had built the first theater in London called The Theater. In that time, actor troops came to perform there.
Quote: Romeo and Juliet was probably among the early plays that Shakespeare wrote.
Shakespeare was a very skilled writer, his play Romeo and Juliet was among the most earliest plays Shakespeare wrote in his career.
Quote: By 1612, when he returned to Stratford to live a life a porsperous retired gentleman, Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays...
Paraphrase: He had returned back to Stratford to live as a prosperous retired gentleman. At the time he had written at least 37 plays during that time. The plays included masterpieces like Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth.
Quote: 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. In 1593, Venus and Adonis became the first of Shakespeare’s works to be published. The publisher was Richard Field, a native of Stratford who may have known Shakespeare in childhood. As was customary at the time, Shakespeare dedicated his volume to a noble patron, in this case Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton. Venus and Adonis proved to be extremely popular and was reprinted at least 15 times in Shakespeare’s lifetime.
Paraphrase: From 1592-1594, London authorities had to close down theaters due to repeated outbreaks of plagues. Without the income that came from his original acting and playwriting, Shakespeare had to turn to poetry. In 1539, Venus and Adonis became the first work of poetry produced by Shakepeare. He had dedicated the poem to a patron known as Henry Wriothesly, the Earl of Southampton. His work Venus and Adonis grew extremely popular and was reprinted at the least 15 times in Shakespeare's lifetime
Quote: Shakespeare's sonnets are by far his most important nondramatic poetry.
Paraphrase: The sonnets that Shakespeare had written were his most important, nondramatic pieces. They were first published in 1609, but many of them had been done privately, and it is generally believed for him to have written these in the 1590's. Scholars are still debating the order in which these had come out in.
Quote: As we have seen, by 1594, William Shakespeare was an established dramatist on the London stage. But the first of his works to appear in print was not a play but the 1194-line narrative poem Venus and Adonis.
Paraphrase: By 1594, William Shakespeare had been established a dramatist on the London stage. The first of his works on print however was not a play but the narrative poem Venus and Adonis. It was told to be published by April 18, 1593. But others say the purchasing didn't start until Sept. 21