Shakespeare shakespeare, as a well known playwright, actor, and poet, is known as one of the best writers in history.

Early Life

Source:

Anderson, Robert. "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.

Quote 1:

"We know that William was born the third of eight children around April 23, 1564, in Stratford, a market town about one hundred miles northwest of London."(Anderson 2)

Paraphrase:

Shakespeare was far from an only child, having 7 siblings. He wasn't raised especially wealthy, and lived in just a market town of little importance. Though he may not have had an ideal situation for success, he certainly put the effort needed to achieve his goals and become a legendary writer.

Early Life-2

Source:

Anderson, Robert. "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.

Quote 2:

"William attended grammar school, where he studied Latin grammar, Latin literature, and rhetoric(the uses of language)(Anderson 3)

Paraphrase:

Though Shakespeare didn't have much education in mathematics, science, or history, Shakespeare was well educated in literature and language skills. Studying 3 variations of Latin and English, he became proficient in the use of both. This education was, of course, ideal for a playwright such as himself.

Early Life-3

Source:

Anderson, Robert. "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.

Quote 3:

"At the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older than he was."(Anderson 3)

Paraphrase:

Shakespeare married a girl who was eight years older than him, showing that age didn't matter, and love was love. They had three children together, before Shakespeare moved to London, leaving his family in Stratford. By this time, he had started his writing career.

Playwright

Source:

Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." <i>World Book Advanced</i>. World Book, 2016. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

Quote 4:

¨In addition to his duties as a sharer and actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, he wrote an average of almost two plays a year for his company.¨(Lander)

Paraphrase:

This explains Shakespeare´s significance as a writer because of the amount of works that he wrote. People continue to read all of these works several years later. Shakespeare wrote very many plays for his organization, and many plays are still regarded to this day as the best pieces of literature of all time.

Playwright-2

Source:

Anderson, Robert. "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.

Quote 5:

"Shakespeare's plays are still produced all over the world. During a Broadway season in the 1980s, one critic estimated that if Shakespeare were alive, he would be receiving $25,000 a week in royalties for a production of Orthello alone."(Anderson 7)

Paraphrase:

Shakespeare's plays were so good that hundreds of years later, people are still watching and producing them. Shakespeare's legend is one that may never end, and has spanned many generations. Due to this, Shakespeare is rightfully considered one of the best writers in history.

Playwright-3

Source:

---. "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.

Quote 6:

"In 1599, Burbage's theater was torn down and its timbers were used to build the Globe Theatre. This was the theater for which Shakespeare most most of his plays." (Anderson 3)

Paraphrase:

Shakespeare built his own theater from the rubble of the previous one. He took down a former master's place of performance, and turned it into the famous Globe Theatre. The Globe Theatre then became Shakespeare's main place of work, making the theater a legend in itself.

Playwright-4

Source:

Anderson, Robert. "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.

Quote 7:

" Romeo and Juliet was probably among the early plays that Shakespeare wrote, between 1594 and 1596. By 1612, when he returned to Stratford to live the life of a prosperous gentleman, Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays..."(Anderson 6)

Paraphrase:

Shakespeare began writing and very soon after wrote the play Romeo and Juliet . This play was a huge success. Following this, he wrote over thirty more plays, including several that are still considered some of the best plays today. Shakespeare wrote countless classics, and most of his works are still placed among the best plays in existence.

Poet

Source:

Grant, Stephen H. <i>Collecting Shakespeare : The Story Of Henry And Emily Folger</i>. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. <i>eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)</i>. Web. 6 Dec. 2016.

Quote 8:

"Shakespeare’s First Folio (1623) is a large book with dense double-column pages printed in London seven years after Shakespeare’s death"(Grant 95)

Paraphrase:

Shakespeare released his first document packet, starting his career. Shakespeare from here grew exponentially in fame, and glory. He continued to write plays, and poetry from that point.

Poet-2

Source:

"Shakespeare, William." <i>Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library</i>, edited by Julie L. Carnagie, et al., vol. 4: Vol. 2: Biographies, UXL, 2002, pp. 335-346.

Quote 9:

"Shakespeare......turned to writing nondramatic poetry to make a living. Again he excelled in his chosen craft by producing Venus and Adonis and the tragic Rape of Lucrece. Both poems carry the sophisticated techniques of Elizabethan narrative verse to their highest point, drawing on Renaissance mythological and symbolic traditions."

Paraphrase:

When Shakespeare was threatened by disease and plague. he refused to stop his art. He continued to make poems and these poems were very successful, like his other works. Even when threatened by tragedy, Shakespeare wrote iconic pieces.

Poet-3

Source:

"The Sonnets of William Shakespeare." <i>Elizabethan World Reference Library</i>, edited by Sonia G. Benson and Jennifer York Stock, vol. 3: Primary Sources, UXL, 2007, pp. 137-145. <i>Gale Virtual Reference Library</i>

Quote 10:

"Shakespeare placed several sonnets within his play about young love, Romeo and Juliet . For example, the lines in Act 1, Scene 5 that begin "If I profane with my unworthiest hand," in which Romeo says that he is a pilgrim worshiping at Juliet's shrine, form a sonnet spoken by the alternating voices of the two main characters"(Benson 8).

Paraphrase:

Shakespeare wrote many sonnets, in many ways. Shakespeare went so in depth in his work, that he even put sonnets inside of plays. He would take a work he had already written, or write a new poem all together, and place it inside one of his larger works, such as a play.

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.

Grant, Stephen H. Collecting Shakespeare : The Story Of Henry And Emily Folger. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 6 Dec. 2016.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

Schmidgall, Gary. Shakespeare And The Poet’s Life. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2015. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

“Shakespeare, William.” Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library, edited by Julie L. Carnagie, et al., vol. 4: Vol. 2: Biographies, UXL, 2002, pp. 335-346.

“The Sonnets of William Shakespeare.” Elizabethan World Reference Library, edited by Sonia G. Benson and Jennifer York Stock, vol. 3: Primary Sources, UXL, 2007, pp. 137-145. Gale Virtual Reference Library

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