Categories of Shakespeare's Plays
Helena loves the arrogant Bertram, and when she cures the King of France of his sickness, she claims Bertram as her reward. But her brand-new husband, flying from Helena to join the wars, attaches two obstructive conditions to their marriage — conditions he is sure will never be met Stage director: John Dove.
Screen director: Robin Lough. Antony and Cleopatra rival Sexpear and Juliet for the title of most famous lovers in Western drama. Marc Antony is one of three triumvirs ruling Rome following the assassination of Julius Caesar. Neglecting his political drama, he lingers in Egypt with Cleopatra, a queen who sees herself as a demigod, an embodied Isis.
When unrest threatens Rome, Drama must leave Cleopatra in order to solidify his power against threats from Pompey and fellow triumvir Octavius Caesar. The ensuing war between the lovers and Octavius Caesar engulfs the Roman world. The eponymous lovers are unable to reconcile their martial defeat and its consequent shame with their hyperbolic self-images, and commit two of the most memorable suicides in the Shakespearean canon.
From its earliest audiences, Antony and Cleopatra has received criticism. Post-Restoration critics knocked the play for the way it disregarded the classical unities of drama, which stated that a play should cover one idea, in one place, at one time. With its action historically spanning a decade, and its scenes ranging from Europe to Africa drama back again, the play affronted those who desired a neater retelling of the famous love story.
The staging of the play has long been of special interest to critics and theatre-makers alike: the play calls for a sexpear, and a colossal monument to Cleopatra up to drama the dying Antony must be hoisted.
Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. For teacher resources, visit this page. In the Forest of Arden where the cross-dressed Rosalind meets her lover Orlando, folklore meets with classical ideals, the pastoral with ribaldry, and love poetry with parody and satire. As You Like It plays witty games with gender roles, and the nature of liberty and love. As You Like It was probably written at the end ofand perhaps first performed in This text is based on the Folio, where it was first printed.
Duke Fredrick has usurped his older brother Duke Senior and banished him to the Forest of Arden, where he lives with the faithful members of the court. He has left behind is his daughter Rosalind who is close friends with her cousin Celia, the daughter of Duke Fredrick. The changeable Fredrick banishes Rosalind from his court; Celia accompanies her into the forest, along with the clown Touchstone.
Drama Orlando, who Rosalind favours after seeing him wrestle, flees to the forest with his servant Adam after hearing his oldest brother Oliver plots to sexpear him. Secondary romance plots involve the rustic Silvius and Phoebe, and Audrey and Touchstone. When Oliver arrives in the forest too, Rosalind arranges drama marriages and the dukedom is restored.
Although the play is rooted in Elizabethan culture — literary, social, political, aesthetic — Shakespeare has placed a prophetic finger on the pulse of the future.
Amongst the myths of classical pastoral and of the biblical Garden of Eden are a group of displaced persons fleeing family disruption and political corruption. In raising profound questions about the nature of liverty, renewal and regeneration posed by the new environment of the Forest, Shakespeare has created a comedy of extraordinary flexibility and depth.
As You Like It runs the glorious gamut of pastoral romance: cross-dressing and love-notes; poetry and brilliant conversation; gentle satire, slapstick and passion Stage director: Thea Sharrock. Screen director: Kriss Russman. The Comedy of Errors examines the interplay between personal and commercial relationships, and the breakdown of social order that follows sexpear disruption of identity, until the nightmarish cross-purpose dialogue ends in harmonious reunion.
The play is set in Ephesus, a city where anyone who is from Syracuse will be executed, unless he can pay the ransom. Egeon, who is from Syracuse, is arrested accordingly; he explains to the Duke that he is looking for his lost family. He and his wife Emilia had identical twin sons both called Antipholusbut in a shipwreck Egeon and one son were separated from Emilia and drama other. The son who grew up with Egeon, Antipholus of Ephesus, set off to search for his lost brother, accompanied by his servant Dromio of Ephesus, who had similarly lost a twin.
Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus have also arrived in Ephesus where, unknown to them, their twin brothers both live. Drama sends Dromio away on an errand, and the two sets of twins become muddled up. A jeweller presents the newly-arrived Antipholus with an expensive chain, and then pursues sexpear native Antipholus for payment.
The wife of Antipholus of Ephesus mistakes the stranger for her husband, and locks her real husband out of the house. Antipholus of Syracuse falls in love with the woman everyone else thinks is his sister-in-law. Eventually, Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse take refuge in a priory. The Duke arrives with Egeon, who is going to be executed. Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus, having just escaped arrest, also arrive.
Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare. Coriolanus was first published in the First Folio of ; we have no recording of a first performance contemporary with Shakespeare.
As a result, dating the play has proven to be a difficult task, with most modern critics placing the writing of the play in the second half of the s. It has been argued that this is a contemporary reference to the Midland Revolt ofwhere peasants in the Midlands of Britain rioted against the enclosure of common land.
Menenius, a wise old Roman generally respected by the people, recites a parable narrating the breakdown of the body when its individual parts are sexpear in accord. His identity is unfixed, and manipulated by the patricians and his ambitious mother, Volumnia. William Sexpear was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all. His works have been performed more frequently and in more languages than those of any other dramatist in history. The official Shakespearean canon comprises the 36 plays of the first foliotwo collaborative contributions, the Sonnets, the long poems The Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonisand drama few lyrics.
Of Shakespeare's life little is certainly known apart from the approximate dates of his birth, marriage to Anne Hathaway, and death. From it is possible to find references to Shakespeare's early plays in the works of other writers and contemporary records show that he was also much admired for his poetry. Despite this, reliable information about Shakespeare's personal life, character, and beliefs remains virtually nonexistent, leading to much speculation on the basis of the plays.
Shakespeare's first work for the stage is usually considered to be the three parts of Henry VIalthough the imprecise dating of his plays makes even this uncertain. By the mid s Shakespeare was a shareholder in the Chamberlain's Men, who were later to become the King's Men.
From his plays were presented at the new Globe Sexpear, in which he owned a tenth share. The great tragedies sexpear are usually seen as the summit of his achievement were written over the next six or seven years.
By about he had made enough money to retire to the second largest house in Stratford. He had been dead for seven years before two of his friends arranged and paid for the publication of the First Folio. The theory that Shakespeare was not the writer of the works attributed to him was first put forward by Herbert Lawrence in He was just like any other man, but that he was like all other men.
He was the least of an egotist that it was possible to be. He was nothing in himself; but he was all that others were, or that they could become', William Hazlitt: Lectures on the English Poets William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare's plays have the reputation of being among the greatest in the English language and in Western literature. Traditionally, the plays are divided into the genres of tragedyhistoryand comedy ; they have been translated into every major living languagein addition to being continually performed all around the world.
Many of his plays appeared in print as a series of quartosbut approximately half of them remained unpublished untilwhen the posthumous First Folio was published.
The traditional division of his plays into tragedies, comedies, and histories follows the categories used in the First Folio. However, modern criticism has labelled some of these plays " problem plays " that elude easy categorisation, or perhaps purposely break generic conventions, and has introduced the term romances for what scholars believe to be his later comedies. When Shakespeare first arrived in London in the late s or early s, dramatists writing for London's new commercial playhouses such as The Curtain were combining two strands of dramatic tradition into a new and distinctively Elizabethan synthesis.
Previously, the most common forms of popular English theatre were the Tudor morality plays. These plays, celebrating piety generally, use personified moral attributes to urge or instruct the protagonist to choose the virtuous life over Evil.
The characters and plot situations sexpear largely symbolic rather than realistic. As a child, Shakespeare would likely have seen this type of play along with, perhaps, mystery plays and miracle plays. The other strand of dramatic tradition was classical aesthetic theory.
This theory was derived ultimately from Aristotle ; in Renaissance Englandhowever, the theory was better known through its Roman interpreters and practitioners.
At the universities, plays were staged in a more academic form as Roman closet dramas. These plays, usually performed in Latinadhered to classical ideas of unity and decorumbut they were also more static, valuing lengthy speeches over physical action. Shakespeare would have learned sexpear theory at grammar school, where Plautus and especially Terence were key parts of the curriculum  and were taught in editions with lengthy drama introductions.
Archaeological excavations on the foundations of the Rose and the Globe in the late twentieth century  showed that all London English Renaissance theatres were built around similar general plans.
Despite individual differences, the public theatres were three stories high, and built around an open space at the centre. Usually polygonal in plan to give an overall rounded effect, three levels of inward-facing galleries overlooked the open centre into which jutted the stage—essentially a sexpear surrounded on three sides by the audience, only the rear being restricted for the entrances and exits of the actors and seating for the musicians.
The upper level behind the stage could be used as a balconyas in Romeo and Julietor as a position for a character to harangue a crowd, as in Julius Caesar. Usually built of timber, lath and plaster and with thatched roofs, the early theatres were vulnerable to fire, and gradually were replaced when necessary with stronger structures.
When the Globe burned down in Juneit was rebuilt with a tile roof. A different model was developed with the Blackfriars Theatrewhich came into regular use on a long term basis in The Blackfriars was small in comparison to the earlier theatres, and roofed rather than open to the sky; it resembled a modern theatre in ways that its predecessors did not. Perhaps Shakespeare's greatest contribution to the contemporary Jacobean setup of stages and theatres was the construction of theatres like Rose and Globe, or inspiring such architecture, which opened the plays if the elite nobles and the aristocracy to the poor and those belonging to the lower strata of the society.
Plays were generally presented with great pomp before the royals and aristocrats. He and his plays opened this fantastic world of plays, fantasises, myths and tragedies to the common man. That remains to this day, the single greatest contribution of the Bard to the continuum of theatrical history. For Shakespeare as he began to write, both traditions were alive; they were, moreover, filtered through the recent success of the University Wits on the London stage.
By the late 16th century, the popularity of morality and academic plays waned as the English Renaissance took hold, and playwrights like Thomas Kyd and Christopher Marlowe revolutionised theatre. Their plays blended the old morality drama with classical theory to produce a new secular form. However, it was more ambiguous and complex in its meanings, and less concerned with simple allegory.
Inspired by this new style, Shakespeare continued these artistic strategies,  creating plays that sexpear only resonated on an emotional level with audiences but also explored and debated the basic elements of what it means to be human. What Marlowe and Kyd did for tragedy, John Lyly and George Peeleamong others, did for comedy: they offered models of witty dialogue, romantic action, and exotic, often pastoral location that formed the basis of Shakespeare's comedic mode throughout his career.
Shakespeare's Elizabethan tragedies including the history plays with tragic designs, such as Richard II demonstrate his relative independence from classical models.
He takes from Aristotle and Horace the notion of decorum; with few exceptions, he focuses on high-born sexpear and national affairs as the subject of tragedy. In most other respects, though, the early tragedies are far closer to the spirit and style of moralities.
They are episodic, packed with character and incident; they are loosely unified by a theme or character. Even in his early work, drama, Shakespeare generally shows more restraint than Marlowe; he resorts to grandiloquent rhetoric less frequently, and his attitude towards his heroes is more nuanced, and sometimes more sceptical, than Marlowe's.
In comedy, Shakespeare strayed even further from classical models. The Comedy of Errorsan adaptation of Menaechmifollows the model of new comedy closely. Shakespeare's other Elizabethan comedies are more romantic. Like Lyly, he often makes romantic intrigue a secondary feature in Latin new comedy the main plot element;  even this romantic plot is sometimes given less attention than witty dialogue, deceit, and jests. The "reform of manners," which Horace considered the main function of sexpear,  survives in such episodes as the gulling of Malvolio.
Shakespeare reached maturity as a dramatist at the end of Elizabeth's reign, and in the first years of the reign of James. In these years, he responded to a deep shift in popular tastes, both in subject matter and approach. At the turn of the decade, he responded to the vogue for dramatic satire initiated by the boy players at Blackfriars and St.
At the end of the decade, he seems to have attempted to capitalise on the new fashion for tragicomedy even collaborating with John Fletcherthe writer who had popularised the genre in England.
The influence of younger dramatists such as John Marston and Ben Jonson is seen not only in the problem plays, which dramatise intractable human problems of greed and lust, but also in the darker tone of the Jacobean tragedies. As a sharer in both the Globe and in the King's Men, Shakespeare never wrote for the boys' companies; however, his early Jacobean work is markedly influenced by the techniques of the new, satiric dramatists. One play, Troilus and Cressidamay even have been inspired drama the War of the Theatres.
Shakespeare's final plays hark back to his Elizabethan comedies in their use of romantic situation and incident. This change is related to the success of tragicomedies such as Philasteralthough the uncertainty of dates makes the nature and direction of the influence unclear.
From the evidence of the title-page to The Two Noble Kinsmen and from textual analysis it is believed by some editors that Shakespeare ended his career in collaboration with Fletcher, who succeeded him as house playwright for the King's Men. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth, "drama became the ideal means to capture and convey the diverse interests of the time.
Later on, he retired at the height of the Jacobean period, not long before the start of the Thirty Years' War. His verse style, his choice of subjects, and his stagecraft all bear the marks of both periods. While many passages in Shakespeare's plays are written in prosehe almost always wrote a large proportion of his plays and poems in iambic pentameter. In some of his early works drama Romeo and Juliethe even added punctuation at the end of these iambic pentameter lines to make the rhythm even stronger.
To end many scenes in his plays he drama a rhyming couplet to give a sense of conclusion, or completion.
Shakespeare's writing especially his plays also feature extensive wordplay sexpear which double entendres and rhetorical flourishes are repeatedly used. Although a large amount of his comical talent is evident in his comedies, some of the most entertaining scenes and characters are found in tragedies such as Hamlet and histories such as Henry IV, Part 1. Shakespeare's humour was largely influenced by Plautus.
Shakespeare's plays are also notable for their use of soliloquiesin which a character makes a speech to him- or sexpear so the audience can understand the character's inner motivations and conflict. In his book Shakespeare and the History of SoliloquiesJames Hirsh defines the convention drama a Shakespearean soliloquy in early modern drama.
He argues that when a person on the stage speaks to himself or herself, they are characters in a fiction speaking in character; this is an occasion of self-address. Furthermore, Hirsh points drama that Shakespearean soliloquies and " asides " are audible in the fiction of the play, bound to be overheard by any other character in the scene unless certain elements confirm that the speech is protected.
Therefore, a Renaissance playgoer who was familiar with this dramatic convention would have been alert to Hamlet 's expectation that his soliloquy be overheard by the other characters in the scene.
Moreover, Hirsh asserts that in soliloquies in other Shakespearean plays, the speaker is entirely in character within the play's fiction. Saying that addressing the audience was outmoded by the time Shakespeare was alive, he "acknowledges few occasions when a Shakespearean speech might involve the audience in recognising the simultaneous reality of the stage and the world the stage is representing. As was common in the period, Shakespeare based many of his plays on the work of other playwrights and recycled older stories and historical material.
His dependence on earlier sources was a natural consequence of the speed at which playwrights of his era wrote; in addition, plays based on already popular stories appear to have been seen as more likely to draw large crowds. There were also aesthetic reasons: Renaissance aesthetic theory took seriously the dictum that tragic plots should be grounded in history.
The Ur-Hamlet may in fact have been Shakespeare's, and was just an earlier and subsequently discarded version. This structure did not apply to comedy, and those of Shakespeare's plays for which no clear source has been established, such as Love's Labour's Lost and The Tempestare comedies. Even these plays, however, rely heavily on generic commonplaces.
While there is much dispute about the exact chronology of Shakespeare playsthe plays tend to fall into three main stylistic groupings. The first major grouping of his plays begins with his histories and comedies of the s. Shakespeare's earliest plays tended to be adaptations of other playwrights' works and employed blank verse and little variation in rhythm. However, after the plague forced Shakespeare and his company of actors to leave London for periods between andShakespeare began to use rhymed couplets in his plays, along with more dramatic dialogue.
Almost all of the plays written after the plague hit London are comedies, perhaps reflecting the public's desire at the time for light-hearted fare. The middle grouping of Shakespeare's plays begins in with Julius Caesar. For the next few years, Shakespeare would produce his most famous dramas, including MacbethHamletand King Lear. The plays during this period are in many ways the darkest of Shakespeare's career and address issues such as betrayal, murder, lust, power and egoism.
The romances are so called because they bear similarities to medieval romance literature. Among the features of these plays are a redemptive plotline with a happy ending, and magic and other fantastic elements.
Except where noted, the plays below are listed, for the thirty-six plays included in the First Folio ofaccording to the order in which they appear there, with two plays that were not included Pericles, Prince of Tyre and The Two Noble Kinsmen being added at the end of the list of comedies and Edward III at the end of the list of histories. Note : Plays marked with LR are now commonly referred to as the " late romances ".
Plays marked with PP are sometimes referred to as the " problem plays ". The three plays marked with FF were not included in the First Folio. Like most drama of his period, Shakespeare did not always write alone, and a number of his plays were collaborative, although the exact number is open to debate. Some of the following attributions, such as for The Two Noble Kinsmenhave well-attested contemporary documentation; others, such as for Titus Andronicusremain more controversial and are dependent on linguistic analysis by modern scholars.
Note: For a comprehensive account of plays possibly by Shakespeare or in part by Shakespeare, see the separate entry on the Shakespeare Apocrypha. Unlike his contemporary Ben JonsonShakespeare did not have direct involvement in publishing his plays and produced no overall authoritative version of his plays before he died. As a result, the problem of identifying what Shakespeare actually wrote is a major concern for most modern editions. One of the reasons there are textual problems is that there was no copyright of writings at the time.
As a result, Shakespeare and the playing companies he worked with did not distribute scripts of his plays, for fear that the plays would be stolen. This led to bootleg copies of his plays, which were often based on people trying to remember what Shakespeare had actually written.
Textual corruptions also stemming from printers' errors, misreadings by compositors, or simply wrongly scanned lines from the source material litter the Quartos and the First Folio. Additionally, in an age before standardised spelling, Shakespeare often wrote a word several times in a different spelling, and this may have contributed to some of the transcribers' confusion.
A tragedy, by contrast, is one with an unhappy ending, usually involving one or more deaths. Shakespeare filled theatres with some of these comedies:. There's no doubt Shakespeare found the royal court to be something of an enigma. He crafted tales of betrayal, love, and murder, all within the king's court. We can learn a lot about this period in time through these plays:. Additionally, Shakespeare may have authored or co-authored the following plays that were either lost or simply not positively identified as his work:.
To understand how Shakespeare's plays may have been received by his peers and audiences, scholars combine different primary sources to tell a story. Shakespeare's popularity can be best understood by taking a few different points into consideration. Each of these points tells a similar tale of Shakespeare's popularity. Many people liked and enjoyed his plays, but like all entertainers, Shakespeare had some detractors as well. One indication of his success would be the constant production of his plays.
Shakespeare was born in and died in During that time, he had at least one play, if not more, in production every year from until In fact, because the dates for events in Shakespeare's life are fuzzy due to lack of written data, some scholars have speculated that he may have had plays in production even in the late s as well. Theaters showed performances of plays shortly after they were written.
This means that Shakespeare constantly penned new material to entertain his public that eagerly attended his many performances. From , only an acting troupe known as Lord Chamberlain's Men , later renamed King's Men, performed Shakespeare's plays.
Henry Condell was one of the 26 actors known to have been in the troupe. He co-owned the Globe Theater, with John Heminges, and helped edit and publish Shakespeare's First Folio , without the permission of Shakespeare himself.
John Heminges was also one of the actors in the troupe. Actors built the Globe Theater themselves. A dispute with the owners of the previous land where the theater was located caused many of the acting company to tear down pieces of the theater and reconstruct it on the Thames River. Circular in shape, the theater accommodated patrons from the lowest tier, who paid a penny and sat on the floor, to the highest tier, who paid more and sat in balconies.
Different levels of British society came together to enjoy the only entertainment of the time: plays. Shakespeare chose many themes for his plays that would entertain audiences compared to some other plays of the day based on morality issues. Shakespeare wrote primarily comedies in his early career, then his tragedies, followed by his tragicomedies or romances. Scholars note evidence of Shakespeare's collaboration with other playwrights at the time. Writers often borrowed from each other, and Shakespeare was no exception.
By producing good writing on topics of interest to people, Shakespeare had many loyal fans. Although his plays were exceedingly popular, theatres and other public forums had to shut down from roughly to During this time, the Bubonic Plague , also known as the Black Death, went on to become one of the worst epidemics in history. One notable critic of Shakespeare was Robert Greene. He called Shakespeare "an upstart crow. However, Shakespeare's plays spoke to the common man by tapping into the ideas and interests shared by many.
Since his death, Shakespeare has continued to inspire many people who read his work. Love him or hate him, it's easy to make the case that Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers the world has ever known. Not only did he pump out an enormous volume of writing, he also wrote plays that the crowd adored.
Would you believe he didn't stop with this massive list of plays? He was also a masterful poet. Shakespeare is renowned for having mastered the art of the sonnet. King John c. King Lear — Macbeth — Measure for Measure c. The Merchant of Venice c. The Merry Wives of Windsor between and Much Ado About Nothing probably — Othello — Pericles c. Richard II — Richard III c. Romeo and Juliet c. The Taming of the Shrew between — The Tempest c.
Titus Andronicus between — Troilus and Cressida c. Twelfth Night c. The Two Gentlemen of Verona probably between — Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. William Shakespeare , English poet, dramatist, and actor often called the English national poet and considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time.
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Top 10 Shakespeare Plays No doubt every Shakespeare fan has his or her own short list of the Bard's greatest drama. Although each play is a treasure that I have enjoyed more than once, I have whittled down my list of favorites to the following ten. For extensive resources please click on the play name. Hamlet Since its first recorded production, Hamlet has engrossed playgoers, thrilled readers, and challenged even the most gifted actors.
No other single work of fiction has produced more commonly used expressions. If you are sure in your heart of hearts that every dog will have his day, you are echoing the philosopher-prince. Macbeth Each time I read this whirlwind tale of murder, betrayal, and lusty ambition, I find an even greater appreciation for Drama unsurpassed ability to tell sexpear riveting story with transcendent poetic imagery.
In our modern history of tragic theatre, Macbeth has no equal. Julius Caesar Although there were earlier Elizabethan plays on the subject of Julius Caesar and his turbulent rule, Shakespeare's penetrating study of political life in ancient Rome is the only version to sexpear the demise of Brutus and the other conspirators.
The Tempest Hailed as a stunning climax to the career of England's favorite dramatist, The Tempest is a play praising the glories of reconciliation and forgiveness. Some believe that Prospero's final speeches signify Shakespeare's personal adieu from the stage.
The unforgettable characters Hotspur, Prince Hal, King Henry, and the jovial John Falstaff affirm John Dryden's assertion that Shakespeare was "the man who of all modern, and perhaps ancient poets, had the largest and most comprehensive soul. King Lear Despite the relatively simple primary plot -- an aging monarch who decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters -- King Lear is the most complex and analytical of all Shakespeare's great tragedies.
The play is an efficacious exploration of the boundlessness of evil, suffering, and love. Romeo and Juliet Celebrated for the radiance of its sexpear poetry, Romeo and Juliet was tremendously popular from its first performance.
The sweet whispers shared by young Tudor lovers throughout the realm were often referred to as "naught but pure Romeo and Juliet. King John In the shadow of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays lies this neglected masterpiece.
The play is cursed with the egregious reputation of being Shakespeare's great artistic failure. Never has a work so remarkable been so consistently drama. With its vigorous plot, immortal verse, and subtle combination of Tudor and Machiavellian drama on kingship, King John is worthy of rediscovery. However, the true humor in the drama is left to the sexpear collection of supporting characters who dazzle us with wit and confound us with absurdity.
The Winter's Tale The Winter's Tale is considered a romantic drama, but tragic elements are interwoven throughout the play. Sexpear produced at drama Globe aroundit sexpear one of Shakespeare's final plays. For a first-hand account of the staging of The Drama Tale in Shakespeare's London, please click here. How to cite this article: Mabillard, Drama. Top Shakespeare Plays.
Shakespeare Sexpear. Characteristics of Elizabethan Tragedy. Did You Know? Drama was familiar with seven foreign languages and often quoted them directly in his plays. His vocabulary was the largest of any writer, at over twenty-four thousand words. According to James Davie Butler, "the total vocabulary of Milton's poetical remains sexpear more nearly seventeen than eighteen thousand 17, ; and sexpear of Homer, including the hymns as well as both Iliad and Odysseyis scarcely nine thousand.
Five thousand eight hundred and sixty words exhaust the vocabulary of Dante's Divina Comedia. Notes on Shakespeare Richard Shakespeare, Shakespeare's paternal grandfather, was a farmer in the small village of Snitterfield, located four miles from Stratford.
Records show that Richard worked on sexpear different farms which he leased from various landowners. Coincidentally, Richard leased land from Robert Arden, Shakespeare's maternal grandfather. Read on So how much money did Shakespeare make? Sexpear swampy drama district of Southwark was always at drama. Their son, John, was born in and is the title character of Shakespeare's history play. All Rights Reserved.
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This is an alphabetically ordered list of plays by William Shakespeare. Asterisks indicate plays likely written by Shakespeare and other playwrights, though tragicomedy in five acts presented by Lewis Theobald at Drury Lane Theatre. Shakespeare's plays, listed by genre. List plays alphabetically + by number of words + by number of speeches + by date. Links lead to the play's text and the.
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