William Shakespeare changed the world through his poems and dramatic plays, which covered all human emotions, portrayed conflicts and inspired works of literature by authors around the world. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, on April 26, 1954. He wrote plays in four distinct groups: comedies, tragedies, histories and romances, which delved into the realm of human emotions, relationships and psychology.Continue Reading
In addition to writing plays, Shakespeare wrote poems on subjects like love, immortality and beauty. His works explored topics considered controversial during his time such as religion and sexuality. Shakespeare joined Lord Chamberlain's Men, an English company of theatrical players during the late 1590s. That group of actors, then limited to just men, quickly rose to fame and prominence in London. Shakespeare wrote many plays and also acted his characters out onstage. Many enjoyed watching and reading his plays and poems, which lead to Shakespeare earning respect and financial success from his career as a playwright.
However, despite enjoying local fame and popularity, Shakespeare did not gain worldwide attention until after his death in 1616. His plays involved complex characters, tragic heroes and double plots, which made them entertaining, educational and enlightening. People continue performing Shakespeare's plays around the world, and they have been translated into every major language. In total, Shakespeare produced nearly 40 plays, more than 150 sonnets and a myriad of poems.Learn more about Plays