William Shakespeare - Life and Works for Upcoming Exams

William Shakespeare has always been a very important topic for the Examinees of UGC English NET and Lecturer Recruitment Related exams. He has produced great literary work for the coming generation to read and enjoy. His works include Plays, Drama, Poetry etc. WE shall discuss the facts related with his life as well as his literary achievement in this blog post.

A brief Details about Shakespeare's Life

A brief Details about Shakespeare's LifeThere is not much known about Shakespeare. Still on the basis of the records available , we get some information about him. William Shakespeare was born on 26th of April 1564. He was one of the eight children. He couldn't get the full benefits of the formal education because of the poor financial condition of the family. He was married to Ann Hathaway in 1582. Ann was eight years older to him.

Shakespeare had three children - Susanna,, Hamnet and Judith. The Earl of Southampton was his patron. He died on 23rd of April 1616 and was buried at Stratford Church on 25th April.

Works of Shakespeare -

For convenience sake, Shakespeare's long literary career can be divided in to Four Phases -

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The First Period - From 1588 to 1594

The works of this period are -

Romeo and Juliet 1592

The Merchant of Venice - 1594

Love's Labour's Lost 1591

The Comedy of Errors 1592

A Midsummer Night's Dream 1594

Henry VI

Richard III

Richard II

King John

  • He also wrote two poems in this period -
  • Venus and Adonis
  • The Rape of Lucrece

The Second Phase of Shakespeare's Works - 1594 to 1600

Henry IV 1597

Henry V 1598

The Taming of the Shrew 1595

The Merry Wives of Windsor 1598

Much Ado About Nothing 1599

As You Like It 1600

Twelfth Night 1601

The Third Period - 1600 to 1608

Chiefly Tragedies were written in this phase -

All's Well that Ends Well 1595

Measure for Measure 1604

Troilus and Cressida 1603

Julius Caesar 1601

Hamlet 1602

Othello 1604

King Lear 1605

Macbeth 1606

The Fourth Period Works -

This period is marked by Romantic Plays by Shakespeare.

Antony and Cleopatra 1609 ( Tragedy )

Coriolanus 1609

Timon of Athens 1608

Henry VIII 1612

Pericles 1608

Cymbeline 1610

The Tempest 1611

The Winter's TaleĀ  1611

Other Facts -

  • The Theatre named the Globe belonged to Shakespeare
  • The Age was known as Elizabethan Age or Shakespearean Age.
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