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  • Who was William Shakespeare again?

  • Well known, "The Bard" was an English author of famous plays

  • about a lot of different things and he lived during the Elizabethan era.

  • But why is Shakespeare considered such a great artist?

  • Born in England in 1564,

  • he started his career as an actor and playwright as a member

  • of the actors group the "Lord Chamberlain's company",

  • which has later become the "King`s Company".

  • They played in several theaters until eventually they built the famous Globe Theatre

  • - their very first own stage.

  • As there were only male members in the company,

  • every role had to be played by men.

  • But that wasn't the reason why Shakespeare's plays, like Othello or Hamlet, were very popular.

  • To match the various tastes of a diverse audience

  • Shakespeare created texts of high complexity, containing relatively simple

  • plots

  • as well as subtle nuances.

  • Being the key to his success, his stories also contained multiple interlocking plots,

  • twists and confusions, with containing something for everyone in the audience.

  • with containing something for everyone in the audience.

  • so it wasn't just for common people, who enjoyed his works,

  • his company even played at the king's court for the amusement of the aristocracy.

  • Beside the plays, Shakespeare also wrote a multitude of sonnets and poems.

  • At first his work consisted almost exclusively of the histories and comedies,

  • like "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Henry VI".

  • Later tragedies like "Hamlet" also became part of his portfolio.

  • In his work, Shakespeare used his own special language,

  • rich in metaphors and a vivid images.

  • He even created new words, which became formally established.

  • As a consequence many English words used today,

  • like "lonely" and "gossip", make their first appearance

  • in one of his plays or sonnets.

  • Shakespeare died in 1616 at the age of 52.

  • But his plays are still performed today and amaze audiences.

  • Shakespeare's stories have found their way in many of today's movies,

  • books and even music.

  • And fortunately, nowadays women can also play Juliet.

Who was William Shakespeare again?

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