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William Shakespeare (/ekspr/;[1] 26 April 1564 (baptised) 23 April 1616)[nb 1] was

an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in
the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.[2] He is often called
England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon".[3][nb 2] His extant works,
including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays,[nb 3] 154 sonnets, two
long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays
have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often
than those of any other playwright.[4]
Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the
age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna,
and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a
successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing
company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He
appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, at age 49, where he died three
years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, which has stimulated
considerable speculation about such matters as his physical
appearance, sexuality, and religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him
were written by others.[5]
Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. [6][nb 4] His early
plays were primarily comediesand histories, and these are regarded as some of the
best work ever produced in these genres. He then wrote mainlytragedies until about
1608, including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the
finest works in the English language.[2] In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also
known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.
Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his
lifetime. In 1623, however, John Heminges and Henry Condell, two friends and fellow
actors of Shakespeare, published a more definitive text known as the First Folio, a
posthumous collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the
plays now recognised as Shakespeare's.[7] It was prefaced with a poem by Ben
Jonson, in which Shakespeare is hailed, presciently, as "not of an age, but for all
In the 20th and 21st centuries, his works have been repeatedly adapted and
rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain
highly popular, and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse
cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

A Lover's Complaint Poem

A Lover's Complaint is the most neglected of the Poems of William Shakespear,
assuming that it is his. It was first published in 1609, by Thomas Thorpe, under the
same cover as the Sonnets; but has seldom been reprinted. The Lover's Complaint
seems to be a very early poem (perhaps 1591), but no date of composition of the
poem can be assigned.

Venus and Adonis Poem

April 18, 1593 Registration of Venus and Adonis Poem
Venus and Adonis, Shakespeare's narrative poem in six-line stanzas, was published
by Richard Field (1561 - 1624). The poem was dedicated to Shakespeare's patron,
Henry Wriothesley, Third Earl of Southampton (1573-1624). This dedication refers
to the author's "unpolisht lines" and contains the typically fawning language of a
commoner addressing a nobleman in the hope of obtaining, or retaining, their
patronage in exchange for poems dedicated to the recipient.

The Rape of Lucrece Poem

May 9, 1594 Registration of The Rape of Lucrece
On May 9, 1594, the poem was entered in the Hall Book of the Worshipful
Company of Stationers, the English government's pre-publication registry. The
poem was listed in the Hall Book under the title of The Ravyshement [Ravishment]
of Lucrece but was published with the title Lucrece. The Rape of Lucrece was
substituted as a title at a later date. The Rape of Lucrece is a narrative poem
resembling a revenge tragedy with 1,855 lines.

The Phoenix and the Turtle Poem

In 1601 a very fine poem subsequently titled The Phoenix and the Turtle appeared
untitled as one of the Poetical Essays appended to Robert Chester's Love's Martyr:
or Rosalind's Complaint. It was attributed to William, and many scholars have
accepted the poem as genuine. The date of composition of the poem is unknown,
but this poem must be a more mature work.
Tragedy themed Plays
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Antony and Cleopatra - play by William Shakespeare

Coriolanus - a Shakespearean play

Hamlet - play by William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar - play by William Shakespeare

King Lear - play by William Shakespeare

Macbeth - play by William Shakespeare

Othello - play by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet - play by William Shakespeare

Timon of Athens - a Shakespearean play

Titus Andronicus - a Shakespearean play