Quote #1: "Every man of our society and time, from the first period of his conscious life, has been inoculated with the idea that Shakespeare is a genius, a poet, and a dramatist, and that all his writings are the height of perfection." (Tolstoy) Commentary: Shakespeare is known for being a genius, a poet, and a dramatist. Every single one of his writings are pure perfection.
Quote #2:"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) Commentary: Shakespeare was an English playright, the world's greatest dramatist and the finest poet by far in his era.
Quote #3: "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. His plays have been a vital part of the theater in the Western world since they were written about 400 years ago." (Lander) Commentary: His writings were translated into a remarkable number of languages and people from all over the world have loved them. Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, or more, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems, and each one of them, were amazing.
Quote #4: "Royal Shakespeare Company is an English theater organization dedicated to presenting the plays of William Shakespeare and other playwrights of his time, modern classical dramas, and new works." (Lander) Commentary: There is an English theater organization revolved around William Shakespeare named Royal Shakespeare. The theatre organization is dedicated to the plays of William Shakespeare.
Quote #5: "The RSC was established in its present form in 1961, but its roots go back to 1879. In that year, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford as the site for productions of Shakespeare's plays. An annual festival of Shakespeare's dramas began in 1886. The theater burned down in 1926, and the present structure was completed in 1932." (Lander) Commentary: The RSC's origins was in 1879, but was recently re-established in 1961. An annual festival of Shakespeare's dramas begin in 1886. Sadly, the theatre burnt down in 1926 but the present structure was soon completed in 1932.
Quote #6:"Dramatic art, according to the laws established by those very critics who extol Shakespeare, demands that the persons represented in the play should be, in consequence of actions proper to their characters, and owing to a natural course of events, placed in positions requiring them to struggle, with the surrounding world to which they find themselves in opposition, and in this struggle should display their inherent qualities." (Tolstoy)Commentary: Shakespeare was very serious about how the actors in his plays played their part. Shakespeare would not be happy if his actors were to mess up their part of the play.
Quote #7:"Shakespeare often writes so ill that you hesitate to believe he could ever write supremely well.… There are passages in his work in which he reaches such heights of literary art as since his time no mortal has found accessible; and there are passages which few or none of us can read without a touch of that 'burning sense of shame' experienced in the presence of Mr. Poynter's Diadumene by the British Matron of The Times newspaper". (Henley) Commentary: Each of Shakespeare's writings were completely amazing that you would hesitate to believe he could ever write supremely well, There are passages in his work where he reaches heights of literary art as since his time no one found accessible.
Quote #8:" We can be satisfied with nothing less than an entire and perfect chrysolite; and we cannot taste our Shakespeare at his worst without experiencing not merely the burning sense of shame aforesaid "(Henley)Commentary: Even when Shakespeare was at his worst, his writings were still remarkable, and amazing.
Quote #9:"Shakespeare, though he cannot be called an American poet, as he was not born here and never saw our continent, is yet a poet of the American". (Bryant) Commentary: Shakespeare is not considered an American poet because he was not born here and never saw our continent, but, he is a poet of the American. Shakespeare was very respected from the Americans.
Quote #10:"Let us congratulate ourselves that we have such an author as Shakespeare, so admired, so loved, to protect our noble language against the capricious innovations of those who read only the authors of yesterday, and that, by dwelling upon what he wrote, the speech of the master minds of his age continues familiar to our ears." (Bryant)Commentary:Shakespeare was a very loved, and admired author. The speech of the master minds of his age continues to be familiar to our ears
Bryant, William Cullen. “Shakespeare,” Prose Writings, 1884, volume 2, edited by Parke Godwin, pp. 305–06. Quoted as “Shakespeare” in Heims, Neil, ed. William Shakespeare, Bloom’s Classic Critical Views. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2010.
Henley, W. E. “Shakespeare,” Views and Reviews, 1890, pp. 101–03. Quoted as “Shakespeare” in Heims, Neil, ed. William Shakespeare, Bloom’s Classic Critical Views. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2010. Bloom’s Literature, Facts On File, Inc.
Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.
“Royal Shakespeare Company.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.
Tolstoy, Leo. “On Shakespeare.” Tolstoy on Shakespeare (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1906). In Bloom, Harold, ed. King Lear, Bloom’s Shakespeare Through the Ages. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2007. Bloom’s Literature, Facts On File, Inc.
William Shakespeare left with a huge impact on the world.