William Shakespeare                   
                                                  By: Courtney Cornelius

   William Shakespeare was born April 23rd, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. This famous poet wrote many poems and sonnets. Some famous creations of Shakespeare are: A Lovers Complaint, The Passionate Pilgrim, and The Phoenix and the Turtle. William Shakespeare writes in many different genres, he is most known for writing Romance and Tragedy's. Shakespeare generally writes for adults. William Shakespeare died April 23rd, 1616 on his 52nd Birthday. The cause of his death is unknown.

    William Shakespeare began writing in his 20's after he moved to London to establish his career as an actor/poet/playwright. He attended Stratford grammar school as a child. In 1584, William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway; They had 3 children Susanna, and Twins Judith and Hamnet. His Only son Hamnet died at the age of 11. Other than Poetry, Shakespeare wrote Plays. He was also an actor. Shakespeare Wrote approximately 154 sonnets and many poems.

    It is difficult to determine The most recently published works of Shakespeare but he first appeared in public as a poet in 1593 with his poem Venus and Adonis. All of Shakespeare's work is very brilliant but probably his most famous works are his play Romeo and Juliet and his poems. Shakespeare has not received any awards himself for his works but his plays recently performed in theatre and film have received awards.

    William Shakespeare is a brilliant poet and one of the best poets in his time. What stands out most about William Shakespeare's work is his use of figurative language in his poems, his use of words and rhyming.  Shakespeare commonly uses figurative language such as: Metaphors, Similes, consonance, assonance, onomatopoeia,  and hyperbole.  William Shakespeare also uses Imagery in his works. The topic's and message's of Shakespeare's writing is very interesting. Shakespeare does not have just one genre that he writes in. He writes in comedy, historical, tragedy, and romance; That makes his work so much more interesting because you don't know what to expect when your reading!


How Heavy I do Journey on the Way.

How heavy do I journey on the way,
When what I seek, my weary travel's end,
Doth teach that ease and that repose to say
'Thus far the miles are measured from thy friend'
The beast that bears me, tired with my woe,
Plods dully on, to bear that weight in me,
As if by some instinct the wretch did know
His rider loved not speed, being made from thee:
The bloody spur cannot provoke him on
That sometimes anger thrusts into his hide;
Which heavily he answers with a groan,
More sharp to me than spurring to his side;
For that same groan doth put this in my mind;
My grief lies onward and my joy behind.

                                 -William Shakespeare


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