Shakespeare By: Kyler Pono Period 6

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.

Plays (2)

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.

Plays (3)

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.

Sub-topic 2 Poetry

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

Poetry (2)

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.

Poetry (3)

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

Subtopic-3 Writer

Quote: Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems. His works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world. (Lander)

Paraphrase: During Shakespeare's time, he had written at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems. His work has been translated into many different languages. Many of his plays are still preformed all around the world.

Writer (2)

Quote: "In 1594 Shakespeare became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the company that later became the King's Men under James I. Until the end of his London career Shakespeare remained with the company; it is thought that as an actor he played old men's roles, such as the ghost in Hamlet and Old Adam in As You Like It." (William)

Paraphrase: During the year 1594, it is known that he became an actor and a playright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, The company that later became the King's Men. Until the end of his London career, Shakespeare stayed with the company. It is believed that, as an actor, he had played elderly male roles, like the ghost in Hamlet.

Writer (3)

Quote: The second half of the 1590s was a tremendously creative and professionally successful period for William Shakespeare. The first of the two Henry IV plays was entered in the Stationers' Register in February 1598; the second part was entered in August 1600. Henry V was first printed in quarto in 1600 and was said to have been "sundry times played by the Right Honourable the Lord Chamberlain his servants," almost certainly before 1600.

Paraphrase: After the devastating plagues that covered London, the second half of the decade was a very creative and successful period for Shakespeare. He had made two Henry IV plays. The first of the two was entered in the Stationers' Register in February 1598, while the second part was entered August the following year. Henry V was first printed in quarto in 1600. it was said to have been "sundry times played by the Right Hounourable the Lord Chamberlain and his servants" almost certainly before 1600.

Work Cited

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.

Baker, William. “Shakespeare, William.” In Baker, William, and Kenneth Womack, eds. The Facts On File Companion to Shakespeare. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2012. Bloom’s Literature, Facts On File, Inc.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

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

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