William Shakespeare Was arguably the greatest dramatist and poet in history. By: sam horwood

Influence

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" 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." (Royal 7)

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Shakespeare's work influenced society a lot. The Royal Shakespeare Company is an organizations with roots in the 1850's that was made to honor and celebrate his work along with other dramatists he has influenced. They are dedicated to performing his plays in original language and dialect. They preform in his hometown of Stratford, London at their own theater known as the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. They host an annual festival in his honor where they preform many plays as well as his sonnets.

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"Early criticism was directed primarily at questions of form. Shakespeare was criticized for mixing comedy and tragedy and failing to observe the unities of time and place prescribed by the rules of classical drama." (Lander 4)

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After Shakespeare's death, many tried to refuse his work due to the fact that it did not conform to society's standards. In his time, it was not accepted to mix tragedy and comedy, but now, that is very common. Shakespeare influenced the styles of writing, whether in plays, books, or even in T.V. shows, his styles are prominent.

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"Shakespeare's plays are still produced throughout the world. During a Broadway season in the 1980's, one critic estimated that if Shakespeare were alive, he would be receiving $25,000 a week from royalties. (Holt 777)

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Shakespeare is still wildly popular. He is more popular now than he was alive. His plays made it to the biggest stage in the world, Broadway. if he was alive during the 80s, he would make $1,300,000 a year, that's over three million in todays money.

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"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." (Royal 31)

(Tiffany 11)

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Shakespeare was loved by all. His plays were watched and enjoyed by all. Not only did he write plays, he also was a poet. he is regarded as a genius and a master of his class.

Plays

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"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 9)

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Shakespeare was a very committed writer. He wrote many plays as well as narrative poems, sonnets, and short poems. His work was highly respected throughout the world and performed in many languages.

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"Shakespeare used language of startling originality to portray many-sided characters and tell fascinating stories. Critics and readers celebrate him as a great student of human nature. A remarkable group of vivid characters populate his plays." (Lander 10)

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He was very creative and well spoken. He was able to create diverse and dynamic characters. He uses the characters to tell stories with vivid details.

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"Although popular and of interest to a variety of thinkers and writers, William Shakespeare's plays were controversial in 19th-century America. Walt Whitman, for example, did not think that Shakespeare's aristocratic themes and characters were applicable or healthy in a democratic society such as the United States." (Tiffany 16)

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Even though Shakespeare wrote controversial plays, he was still very popular. Even if you didn't like him, there was no getting around how deep and complex his plays were

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"The perfection with which Shakespeare expresses character is asserted chiefly on the ground of the characters of Lear, Cordelia, Othello, Desdemona, Falstaff, and Hamlet." (Leo 51)

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Shakespeare perfected the art of creating characters. Not only did his characters have their own personalities, that were dynamic. They all changed as the story went on in order to make it more interesting.

Sonnets

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"Shakespeare's sonnets were printed in 1609, when the poet was already a well-established playwright." (sidel 1)

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Shakespeare's sonnets came after he was already famous. He took time to expand his reaches.

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"There are 154 sonnets in the sequence, though some scholars believe that a different author may have written Sonnets 153 and 154, those focused on Cupid, the Roman god of love. Only two of the sonnets appeared before 1609, in a book of poetry called The Passionate Pilgrim (1599)." (Sidel 4)

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He was not only committed to his plays, he was also very committed and dedicated to his sonnets, short poems. He wrote 154 over his lifetime and only two were published before 1609

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"Though Shakespeare was not the first to use this form, it became known as the English, or Shakespearean, sonnet." (Seidel 3)

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Shakespeare was a very talented writer. Not only did he write plays for many years, he wrote poems, or sonnets too. He was so good at writing them that they started calling them Shakespearean sonnets.

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. 776-777=.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 2 Dec. 2016.

Mabillard, Amanda. “Shakespeare of Stratford.” Shakespeare Online. http://www.shakespeare-online.com. Sept. 11 2005: n.p. SIRS Renaissance. Web. 07 Dec. 2016.

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.

Seidel, Michael. “Not Marble, nor the Gilded Monuments (Sonnet 55).” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.

Seidel, Michael. “Globe Theatre.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

“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, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GVRL&sw=w&u=tmulvusd&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CCX2587000078&it=r&asid=2adfae6c84fd984d215c2b4cfb3db89c. Accessed 8 Dec. 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. www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103800&SID=5&iPin=STAKL032&SingleRecord=True.

Wayne, Tiffany K. “Shakespeare, William.” Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2006. Bloom’s Literature, Facts On File, Inc. www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103800&SID=5&iPin=ETRA342&SingleRecord=True.

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