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William Shakespeare William Shakespeare (born April 26, 1564 – died April 23, 1616)was an English poet and playwright widely regarded as the greatest writer of the English language, as well as one of the greatest in Western literature, and the world's dramatist. He wrote about 38 plays and 154 sonnets, as well as a variety of other poems. Already a popular writer in his own lifetime, Shakespeare's reputation became increasingly celebrated after his death. In addition, Shakespeare is the most quoted writer in the literature and history of the English-speaking world. Shakespeare is believed to have produced most of his works between 1586 and 1616. Shakespeare's works have been translated into every language and his plays are performed all around the world.
Shakespeare’s career, based in London, is thought to have begun with acting - and then writing. He was a member of “The Lord Chamberlin’s Men” an acting company which was protected by the Queen. He later became a senior member and a shareholder in 1595. Shakespeare, also known as “The Bard” was known to be an astute business man as well as a writer. He was quite wealthy and when he returned to his hometown of Stratford, he purchased one of the largest homes there. He became joint owner of the famous Globe theatre, which added even more to his success. Shakespeare is buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. His gravestone declares a curse over anyone who dares to move his bones!
Poem by William Shakespeare A Madrigal Crabbed Age and Youth Cannot live together: Youth is full of pleasance, Age is full of care; Youth like summer morn, Age like winter weather; Youth like summer brave, Age like winter bare: Youth is full of sports, Age's breath is short, Youth is hot and bold, Age is weak and cold, Youth is wild, and Age is tame Age, I do abhor thee; Youth, I do adore thee; O! my Love, my Love is young!
Rudyard Kipling Joseph Rudyard Kipling (born 30 December 1865 – died 18 January 1936) was an English short-story writer, poet and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. He was born in India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling's works of fiction include “The Jungle Book “(1894), “Kim” (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888).His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story. Kipling was one of the most popular writers in England, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize.
"Six Honest Serving Men ..." I have six honest serving men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. I send them over land and sea, I send them east and west; But after they have worked for me, I give them all a rest. I let them rest from nine till five, For I am busy then, As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea, For they are hungry men. But different folk have different views; I know a person small— She keeps ten million serving-men, Who get no rest at all! She sends'em abroad on her own affairs, From the second she opens her eyes— One million Hows, two million Wheres, And seven million Whys!
Robert Burns Robert Burns was born on 25 January 1759 in the village of Alloway, two miles south of Ayr. His parents, Willian Burns and Agnes Broun, were farmers but they ensured their son received a relatively good education and he began to read avidly. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV
The House That Jack Built This is the corn That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the rat That ate the corn That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the cat That killed the rat That ate the corn That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the dog That worried the cat That killed the rat That ate the corn That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the cow with the crumpled horn That tossed the dog That worried the cat That killed the rat That ate the corn That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the maiden all forlorn That milked the cow with the crumpled horn That tossed the dog That worried the cat That killed the rat That ate the corn That lay in the house that Jack built.
Charlotte Brontë Born: April 21, 1816 Thornton, Yorkshire, England Died: March 31, 1855 Haworth, Yorkshire, England
Charlotte Brontë Charlotte Brontë (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She published her best known novel, Jane Eyre, under the pen name Currer Bell.
Title page of the first Jane Eyre edition Author Charlotte Brontë Country United Kingdom Language English Genre Gothic fiction, social criticism, bildungsroman Publisher Smith, Elder, and Company Publication date 16 October 1847 Media type Print Text Jane Eyre at Wikisource
William Shakespeare Multiple Choice Questions Circle the Correct Answer 1. William Shakespeare is also known as a. The Bard b. The Shaker c. Billy 2. 1564 is the year: a. Shakespeare published his first play b. Shakespeare was born c. Shakespeare died 3. Little is known about Shakespeare’s life because: a. He was mysterious and burned all records b. It’s unclear if he actually existed c. Records were not kept as clearly as they are today.
4. Shakespeare’s career was based in: a. London b. Paris c. Toronto 5. Shakespeare married: a. Anne b. Susanna c. He never married 6. How many sonnets is Shakespeare famous for writing? a. 100 b. 12 c. 154 7. Aside from being an actor and a writer, Shakespeare was also known for being: a. A doctor b. A businessman c. A painter