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Shakespeare (ˈʃeɪkspɪə Pronunciation for Shakespeare



  1. William. 1564–1616, English dramatist and poet. He was born and died at Stratford-upon-Avon but spent most of his life as an actor and playwright in London. His plays with approximate dates of composition are: Henry VI, Parts I–III (1590); Richard III (1592); The Comedy of Errors (1592); Titus Andronicus (1593); The Taming of the Shrew (1593); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594); Love's Labour's Lost (1594); Romeo and Juliet (1594); Richard II (1595); A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595); King John (1596); The Merchant of Venice (1596); Henry IV, Parts I–II (1597); Much Ado about Nothing (1598); Henry V (1598); Julius Caesar (1599); As You Like It (1599); Twelfth Night (1599); Hamlet (1600); The Merry Wives of Windsor (1600); Troilus and Cressida (1601); All's Well that ends Well (1602); Measure for Measure (1604); Othello (1604); King Lear (1605); Macbeth (1605); Antony and Cleopatra (1606); Coriolanus (1607); Timon of Athens (1607); Pericles (1608); Cymbeline (1609); The Winter's Tale (1610); The Tempest (1611); and, possibly in collaboration with John Fletcher, Two Noble Kinsmen (1612) and Henry VIII (1612). His Sonnets, variously addressed to a fair young man and a dark lady, were published in 1609

Example Sentences Including 'Shakespeare'

He says that on Shakespeare 's stage, the lead was always played by a girl.
Hilton, John Buxton Passion in the Peak
I've seen that sod look at a page of Shakespeare , close the book, then recite the lot.
Ruell, Patrick The Only Game
In the 19th and 20th centuries, writers narrated the Irish nation in a way that hasn't happened much in England since Shakespeare.
Irish Times (2002)
Nettle's book, Strong Imagination, gives Shakespeare 's conjecture some scientific credence.
She and Stanley Godwit had continued their discussion of Shakespeare.
Salley Vickers INSTANCES OF THE NUMBER 3 (2002)
The affinity for Shakespeare was there much earlier, of course.
Globe and Mail (2003)
William Shakespeare , Macbeth (1606) Tired people resemble drunk people in several respects.
Paul Martin COUNTING SHEEP: The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams (2002)


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