By: Rajesh Doodnauth
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, supposedly on April 23, 1564. The Holy Trinity Church holds records that indicate that Shakespeare was baptized there on April 26, 1564. His father was John Shakespeare who was a glove and leather merchant, and his mother Mary Arden, who was a landed local heiress. Both of his parents were illiterate. Shakespeare was the third among eight children in the Shakespeare household. Three of his siblings died during childhood. His parents John Shakespeare and Mary Arden died in 1601 and 1608.
It’s believed that Shakespeare started his education at the age of six and he attended the Stratford grammar school which later became known as the King’s New School of Stratford-upon-Avon. Latin was the primary language of learning, and Latin authors remained the focus of his literary training. Shakespeare was removed from the school between the age of thirteen or fourteen due to his father’s financial and social condition but he later resumed him education elsewhere.
Shakespeare got married to Anne Hathaway, who was 26 years old at the time of marriage, on November 27th, 1582. Their first child together was their daughter Susana who was baptized on May 26th, 1583. They soon had twins named Hamnet and Judith in 1585 and were baptized on February 2nd, 1585. Their son Hamnet died at the age of eleven from an unknown cause. The sorrow felt by Shakespeare, who had moved to London by then, was profound and unimaginable and he deeply mourned over the death of his beloved son in his incoming poetry and plays.
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There are two time period’s in Shakespeare’s life, popularly known as the “lost years” which was from 1578-1582 and 1585-1592. The only fact known about his first major span of his time is his marriage to Anne. No one knows for certain when Shakespeare began writing, but allusions and documents show that it was between 1585 and 1592. By 1592 he had became popular enough to be criticize and attacked by some of the great playwrights of that ear. With the success of several plays such as Henry VI, The Comedy of Errors and Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare had became a known face and had been ranked as the most popular playwright of that era.
By 1598 Shakespeare’s charisma had reached its peak and only came to a fall around 1605, when his career was near its end. Shakespeare died on April 23rd, 1616 and was buried in the chancel of the Holy Trinity Church two days after his death. He was survived by his wife and two of his daughters Susanna, who had married John Hall in 1607 and Judith, who had married Thomas Quiney, two months before his death.
Shakespeare’s major writing consist poems, sonnets and plays representing a rainbow of human emotions and nature. Tragic and tragicomedies remained the centre of this writing throughout career and proved to be dominant factor in his success. His famous tragic play Romeo and Juliet in 1599, which ended with the fateful end of Julius Caesar, was a legendry success and remains so till this day. Othello, another masterpiece in this league, has been translated into several languages and has been adopted into movies. He later moved on to tragicomedies and romances and authored poems such as A Lover’s Complaint and The Phoenix and the Turtle which reflect the finest example of love, sexual passion, procreation, romance, time and death.