51 Random Facts about William Shakespeare. Other than what is found in a few church records and legal documents and in a few contemporary documents such as playgoers' diaries, most evidence of Shakespeare's life is circumstantial.
Very little is known for certain.a More than 80 spelling variations are recorded for Shakespeare's name, from “Shappere” to “Shaxberd.”a In the few signatures that have survived, Shakespeare spelled his name “Willm Shaksp,” “William Shakespe,” “Wm Shakspe,” “William Shakspere,” ”Willm Shakspere,” and “William Shakspeare”--but never “William Shakespeare.”a One of the three signatures on Shakespeare's will, spelled "William Shakspeare" Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, just three days before the Stratford parish register recorded an outbreak of the plague.e By tradition, it is generally supposed that Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564.
Breaking the Masonic Code of SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS. Breaking the Masonic Code of SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS By Richard Allan WagnerCopyright © 2013 Hopefully you, the reader, have come into this discourse as a reasonable and unbiased individual—a seeker of Truth.
If you’re not already aware, there exists much controversy and debate over who actually wrote the works attributed to the highly mysterious author known as “William Shakespeare”. Yes, the vast majority of people on the planet have generally (and unknowingly) accepted the premise that a man named “William Shakespeare” (of Stratford) wrote the literary works attributed to him. The problem rests with the fact that there is scarce evidence of the Stratford man’s existence—but more importantly, there is NO TANGIBLE EVIDENCE the “Stratford man” wrote the literary body of work for which he is given credit—in fact, there is a mountain of hard, legitimate evidence to the contrary! 96 Incredibly Useful Links for Teaching and Studying Shakespeare. The idea of tackling Shakespeare in school has sometimes sent chills down both students’ and teachers’ spines, but the truth is that studying Shakespeare doesn’t have to be so daunting.
His plays and sonnets are filled with themes that are relevant even today, are humorous, lyrical, and provide important historical content. Most importantly, Shakespeare knew how to tell a good story. Whether you are teaching or learning Shakespeare in a traditional classroom, in an online course, in high school, or college, there are resources below that will make teaching and learning about Shakespeare and fun and engaging experience.
Comprehensive Resources. Email from the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition. Dear John Bentley, Watch this video!
Anyone who thinks the First Folio proves William of Stratford wrote the works of William Shakespeare should watch this video: The video shows clearly that the man depicted in the Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare in the First Folio is wearing an impossible garment! Once analyzed, it is clear that the engraving shows him wearing a doublet in which the right front is actually the left back of the same doublet shown on his left front.
As explained in the video, this is not something that could have happened by accident. For some reason, the engraving was designed as a ridiculous caricature. The Advancement of Learning. The Advancement of Learning. William Shakespeare. Shakespeare_beyond_doubt_poster_small.
Shakespeare may have smoked weed, study finds. In a study published in the South African Journal of Science, pipes from William Shakespeare's garden had traces of marijuana on them.
Gillian Pensavalle (@GillianWithaG) explains. Buzz60 William Shakespeare, perhaps Western literature's most renowned contributor, might have enjoyed an occasional hit of cannabis, according to a study published in July. Francis Thackeray and his team from South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand were loaned 24 "tobacco pipe" fragments from Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon property by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Eight tested positive for cannabis residue and two had remnants of Peruvian cocaine. Thackeray and his team used an advanced testing technique--called gas chromatography mass spectrometry--to analyze the pipe fragments. "We were delighted to find indications of cannabis," Thackeray said. William Shakespeare Quotes at AbsoluteShakespeare.com. William Shakespeare quotes such as "To be, or not to be" and "O Romeo, Romeo!
Wherefore art thou Romeo? " form some of literature's most celebrated lines. Other famous Shakespeare quotes such as "I 'll not budge an inch", "We have seen better days" ,"A dish fit for the gods" and the expression it's "Greek to me" have all become catch phrases in modern day speech. Furthermore, other William Shakespeare quotes such as "to thine own self be true" have become widely spoken pearls of wisdom. Sonnet 18 "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Hamlet To be, or not to be: that is the question". - (Act III, Scene I). "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry". - (Act I, Scene III).
"This above all: to thine own self be true". - (Act I, Scene III). "Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't. ". - (Act II, Scene II). Cannabis discovered in tobacco pipes found in William Shakespeare's garden.
Shakespeare Authorship Debate. Folger Shakespeare Library. Shakespeare Magazine - For William Shakespeare fans - A free online magazine all about the Bard — Your source for the bard. Young Shakespeare picture found - The Royal Secret. Mysterious Engravings Question Authorship of Shakespeare’s Works. Engraving from ‘Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae libri IX’ (all images courtesy Bloomsbury Auctions) William Shakespeare was a commoner who wrote witty plays attended by Queen Elizabeth.
Sir Francis Bacon was a noble who served as her Attorney General. Right? Well, if you’re a “Baconian,” someone who reveres Bacon as the true author of Shakespeare’s rhymes, then not exactly. Their basic hypothesis is that Bacon pulled a Cyrano de Bergerac, letting Shakespeare take credit for his plays so that he could pursue a political career. Soon, alleged evidence for that claim — which, for the record, most scholars completely reject — will go under the hammer at a Bloomsbury Auction sale in London on March 19.
The volume contains two eyebrow-raising engravings that the Baconian writer Sir Edwin Dunning-Lawrence has said offer hints of Bacon’s involvement. Baconians believe Bacon’s contemporaries were in on the ruse and alluded to it through imagery in their own works. Stephen Greenblatt on Shakespeare's debt to Montaigne. In 1580, when Shakespeare was an unknown 16-year-old with very dim prospects, Montaigne, then at the ripe age of 47, published the first two books of his essays.
Nine years earlier, he had made the decision to withdraw from the public sphere and to retire to his estate for a life devoted to reading and thinking. The essays may have begun as little more than random jottings. Renaissance gentlemen made a practice of writing down in what were called commonplace books interesting thoughts or felicitous turns of phrase that they encountered in the course of their reading. A passionate reader from his youth, Montaigne had assembled in a room on the third floor of a tower in his chateau an unusually large collection of books, centered on classics in the Latin language, in which he was perfectly fluent. He would not present himself as the fixed embodiment of this or that quality, for he experienced existence as a succession of inconsistent and disjointed thoughts and impulses. (II .i.148–64)
Barnes & Noble Shakespeare - Understanding Shakespeare's Language - Barnes & Noble. It is silly to pretend that it is easy to read Shakespeare.
Reading Shakespeare isn’t like picking up a copy of USA Today or The New Yorker, or even F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby or Toni Morrison’s Beloved. It is hard work, because the language is often unfamiliar to us and because it is more concentrated than we are used to. In the theater it is usually a bit easier. Actors can clarify meanings with gestures and actions, allowing us to get the general sense of what is going on, if not every nuance of the language that is spoken. Even experienced readers and playgoers need help. From the very beginning, then, it was obvious that the plays both deserve and demand not only careful reading but continued re-reading—and that not to read Shakespeare with all the attention a reader can bring to bear on the language is almost to guarantee that a reader will not “understand him” and remain among those who “do not like him.”
Why doesn’t Shakespeare just say what he means? M. George T. Performances. Why Shakespeare loved iambic pentameter - David T. Freeman and Gregory Taylor. While interesting to explore in his plays, the idea of Shakespeare as a poet isn’t new.
He wrote many poems. Most famously, he penned 154 sonnets that are often as studied and celebrated as his plays. Open Source Shakespeare: search Shakespeare's works, read the texts. Plot Summaries. Absolute Shakespeare - plays, quotes, summaries, essays... Is Shakespeare Dead? The search for Shakespeare - mystery. "The life of Shakespeare is a fine mystery and I tremble every day lest something should turn up" Charles Dickens (1847) It is the greatest mystery in literature and it's been rumbling on for centuries.
Who was William Shakespeare? Or, rather, who wrote the plays and sonnets that we commonly assume were penned by the bard from Stratford? Shakespeare presents a unique enigma in western literature. There is no doubt that a man of that name existed and we know the bare bones of his life. An illustrious band of sceptics, including Walt Whitman, Sir John Gielgud, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Sigmund Freud think not. In this curious case there is nothing to connect the man from Stratford with the plays and poems he is supposed to have written - no manuscripts or letters or any documentation of any literary life.
The clear mismatch between the man and his work adds to the mystery. So, if Shakespeare didn't write the plays attributed to him, who did? Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable - Videos. There are numerous media resources related to the Shakespeare Authorship question out there, here is a brief list of them. Additionally, we'll continue to place access to videos of the lectures hosted by the Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable whenever they become available. We invite you to visit our You Tube Channel. Sony Pictures "Anonymous" — Opened October 30th, 2011 (Now on DVD!)