William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 ( baptised ) – 23 April 1616) [ nb 1 ] was an English poet and playwright , widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. [ 1 ] He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". [ 2 ] [ nb 2 ] His extant works, including some collaborations , consist of about 38 plays , [ nb 3 ] 154 sonnets , two long narrative poems , two epitaphs on a man named John Combe, one epitaph on Elias James, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. [ 3 ] Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon .
This article is about the Globe Theatre of Shakespeare. For the modern reconstruction in London, see Shakespeare's Globe . For other uses, see Globe Theatre (disambiguation) . The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare .
Why Study Shakespeare? The Reasons Behind Shakespeare's Influence and Popularity Ben Jonson anticipated Shakespeare’s dazzling future when he declared, "He was not of an age, but for all time!" in the preface to the First Folio . While most people know that Shakespeare is, in fact, the most popular dramatist and poet the Western world has ever produced, students new to his work often wonder why this is so.