William Shakespeare went approximately seven years without having any of his actions being documented. This was after his twins were born. He was a poet who wrote many pieces that are still read today and had a big impact on the English language during the Renaissance period.
He lived his life, not knowing that hundreds of years later, his work would still be recognized. William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon according to biography.com. He was born son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden.
He had seven siblings and of those seven, four of them died at an age younger than thirty. Those siblings were Joan, Margaret, Anne, and Edmund. His other siblings were Gilbert, Joan, and Richard.
A lot of information on his early life, including his education, is not widely available. Shakespeare, who went by different nicknames, is believed to have gone to King’s New School. But the records for schools in Stratford have been lost and so there is no official document to confirm this.
What is known is that he is best known for his poetry. Some of his most famous tragedies are Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and some of his most famous comedies are A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew. Including those seven plays, he wrote thirty-eight plays known so far. He also wrote one hundred fifty-four sonnets. Besides those creations, Shakespeare had other achievements. He built his own theater, now called the Globe, with his business partners in 1599.
Additionally, he set many of the English words in the language used today. He was successful in his writing and contributing to the new way of literature. Before William Shakespeare went into his seven years of unrecorded life, he married Anne Hathaway in 1582. She was twenty-six years old while he was eighteen. A few months after their wedding, Hathaway gave birth to their first daughter, Susannah. About two years later, Hamnet and Judith, the twins, were born. Then the whole family seemingly disappeared.
When Hamnet was just eleven years old, he died of unknown causes, just as one of his father’s sibling had. But while it is known that he died on August 9, 1596, it isn’t officially known when William Shakespeare died. Some historians believe he died on April 23, 1616, but just like his birth, there are other people who don’t agree.
One thing is agreed upon though, he died in Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare wrote thirty-eight plays and one hundred fifty-four sonnets that are still performed and read to this day. People began to use the same spellings and types of words from his writings, solidifying them for years to come in the English language. Despite the lack of official information and records about William Shakespeare, it can be seen that he managed to influence the writing style and English language.