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William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, 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. Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, producing plays, such as Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's. Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians hero-worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

ode to the west wind
O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being,
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves de... [read poem]
the two spirits: an allegory
O thou, who plum'd with strong desire
Wouldst float above the earth, beware!
A Shado... [read poem]
to a skylark
Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!
Bird thou never wert,
That from Heaven, or n... [read poem]
song: rarely, rarely, comest thou
Rarely, rarely, comest thou,
Spirit of Delight!
Wherefore hast thou left me now... [read poem]
to ----
One word is too often profaned
For me to profane it,
One feeling too falsely disdained... [read poem]
stanzas written in dejection, near naples
The sun is warm, the sky is clear,
The waves are dancing fast and bright,
Blue i... [read poem]
prometheus unbound
Monarch of Gods and Dæmons, and all Spirits
But One, who throng those bright and rolling ... [read poem]
to jane: "the keen stars were twinkling"
The keen stars were twinkling,
And the fair moon was rising among them,
Dear Ja... [read poem]
one sung of thee who left the tale untold
One sung of thee who left the tale untold,
Like the false dawns which perish in the burst... [read poem]
art thou pale for weariness
Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth,
Wandering co... [read poem]
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