Market town of Stratford-upon-Avon
This is a picture of Shakespeare's home in England, where he was born and also baptized, "William Shakespeare was born in the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, the third of eight children. The register of Holy Trinity, the parish church in Stratford, records his baptism on April 26". This is also where Shakespeare attended school in his early years, "It is assumed that from around the age of five to seven, William Shakespeare went to a school where he would have learned to read". Some people believe that he studied Latin grammar, literature, and rhetoric there.
The Marriage of Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway
By the time Shakespeare was eighteen years old, he was already married to Anne Hathaway, "On Nov. 27, 1582, Shakespeare received a license to marry Anne Hathaway, the daughter of a local farmer...The marriage appears to have been hurried, and the birth of their first child, Susanna, in May 1583 came only six months after marriage". Ten years after their marriage, Shakespeare was well on his way of becoming one of the most lucrative poets and was involved in a theatrical company, "...by 1592, Shakespeare had already become an actor and playwright . By 1594, he was a charter member of the theatrical company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, which was later to become the King's Men...Shakespeare worked with this company for the rest of his writing life". In the course of his years performing with this group, they did many plays throughout the town for various people, "During the years Shakespeare performed with the Chamberlain's Men, before their purchase of the Globe in 1599, they played primarily at the well-established theatres like the Swan, the Curtain, and the Theatre. The troupe would also give regular performances before Elizabeth I and her court, and tour the surrounding areas of London." Shakespeare's career was well on it's way by this time period.
Shakespeare's career took a crossroad in 1592-1593, "The turning point in Shakespeare's career came in 1593. The theatres had been closed since 1592 due to an outbreak of the plague and, although it is possible that Shakespeare toured the outlying areas of London with acting companies like Pembroke's Men or Lord Strange's Men, it seems more likely that he left the theatre entirely during this time to work on his non-dramatic poetry". Due to these theaters closing, Shakespeare was given the time to work on his many sonnets, "Shakespeare's sonnets are by far his most important nondramatic poetry. They were first published in 1609, although many of them had certainly been circulated privately before this, and it is generally agreed that the poems were written sometime in the 1590s". Shakespeare's interest in the actions of people and his talent with language was what enabled him to create his successful masterpieces. He had written many successful, amazing pieces of work by the time he had retired, "By 1612, when he returned to Stratford to live the life of a prosperous retired gentleman, Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays, including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth." Shakespeare was and still is one of the most memorable, recognizable poets to have ever existed and his work will live on forever.