Shakespeare Essays

  • The Dramatic Tension of Act 3 Scene 1 in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'

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    Romeo and Juliet analytical essay William Shakespeare was an English playwright and a poet, regarded as the greatest writer in English history. He was born Stratford-upon-Avon on the 23 April 1564 and died in 1616 on his birthday. His surviving works consist of 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and 38 plays, of which the most widely known are Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Much Ado about Nothing, and Romeo & Juliet. In writing Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's ultimate motive was always to entertain an audience. Authors and playwrights often put things in their works that also make people think.

  • How Do Shakespeare and Browning Explore Love in Their Stories?

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    Shakespeare wrote his masterpieces in the Elizabethan times. I will be writing the comparison points between Romeo and Juliet to The Laboratory, written by Robert Browning. Robert too is a well known, successful, English poet and has written some fantastic and famous poems, including The Laboratory which is now being used as a GCSE year 10 piece of work. He produced his work during the Victorian times. Comparing the Elizabethan times and Victorian times that Shakespeare and Browning wrote their poems/plays, I’ve noticed something in particular, they were very similar.

  • Controversy Over "Who Wrote Shakespeare?"

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    William Shakespeare has been known to be one of the best and well-known poets and play writers, but is he the one who truly wrote all of the works? Everyone, up to 1857, thought that Shakespeare was Shakespeare and no one questioned it. But, Delia Salter Bacon published a story called The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakespeare Unfolded, in which she says that other people might have been the author of the plays in which Shakespeare got credit for. The Oxfordian theory discusses that Edward de Vere, or the 17th Earl of Oxford, wrote the plays and poems originally accredited to Shakespeare. The first proposed theory of this was by John Thomas Looney in 1920, as saying that Vere would be the more probable contestant for the writings than any other alternative.

  • Analysis of Sonnet 18

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    f So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, g So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. g Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 According to the dictionary “a sonnet is a lyric, invariably, of fourteen lines, usually in iambic pentameter,restricted to a definite rhyme scheme.” Shakespeare has written 154 sonnets, and this Sonnet 18 is one of the most famous one, in which he has a unique insight on the destructive power of time and the everlasting beauty of his lover. I believe that Sonnet 18 is the best poem, because it contains famous poem structure, comprehensive poetry devices and thought-provoking theme. Sonnet was originated in the thirteenth century, and it is still one of the most used poetry form in today’s time period.There must be some reasons that explained why this has been so popular for so long. sonnet focuses on the rules for rhythm strictly which results in a strong poetic consistency and discipline.

  • The Theme of Love in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and Bradstreet's 'To My Dear and Loving Husband'

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    Explore the ways Shakespeare presents strong feeling of Love in 'Romeo and Juliet' and one or more poems from the Anthology of love poems. Throughout history love has been one of the strongest emotions known to mankind. William Shakespeare in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ portrays how love a powerful influence on anyone under it grasps. Shakespeare made R&J to be performed to the public whereas as 'To my Dear and loving husband' by Anne Bradstreet and ‘sonnet 180' by Shakespeare himself were both made to read aloud. Shakespeare uses a combination of techniques to show a true heartedness of love between Romeo and Juliet in Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 2 scene 2.

  • Summary of 'Shakespeare's Got Game'

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    Summary: “Shakespeare’s Got Game” In the article “Shakespeare’s Got Game,” by Alicia Zadrozny we learn that Shakespeare is considered to be a major inspiration for modern day rappers and lyricists. Shakespeare was a popular poet and playwright. Even if writing styles and ‘norms’ have changed, Shakespeare has still left his mark on the modern English language. Shakespeare invented the language we see today whether you know it or not. The article states, “If you have ever used the words bloodsucking, dewdrop, watchdog, zany, and humpbacked, you can thank Shakespeare because he invented them” (Zadrozny 1).

  • My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun

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    Good Morning/afternoon Mr Dunshea and class, the poem I have chosen to analyse is My Mistress’ Eyes by William Shakespeare, it is 130 of 154 sonnets and was written in the Elizabethan era 1600-1700, it is unknown the exact date in which each of his sonnets are written but can only be suggested my the context. A sonnet is a form of poetry that originated in Europe consisting of 14 lines, each line containing ten syllables and written in iambic pentameter, in which a pattern of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable is repeated five times. The first twelve lines are divided into three quatrains with four lines each. In the three quatrains the poet establishes a theme or problem and then resolves it in the final two lines. The rhyme scheme in a Shakespearean sonnet is a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g; the last two lines are a rhyming couplet.

  • Representation of Romantic Love in Shakespeare and Browning's Works

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    Sonnet 18, one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets, has its first line competitive with Shakespeare’s line "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” Sonnet 130, also created by Shakespeare, is a pleasure to read purely for its simplicity and bluntness of expression. It is also one of the few sonnets that show Shakespeare write humorously. Porphyria’s Lover, which was first published in 1836, is Robert Browning’s most shocking and dramatic monologues. The dramatic monologue is a fictional speech, which captures a moment right after a main event. As for When We Two Parted, a poem by Lord Byron, (George Gordon Byron) published in 1813, is a poem of a heart break, conveying strong feelings and emotion simplistically, but full of meaningful vocabulary.

  • Romeo and Juliet: A True Love Story or A Story of Civil Conflict?

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    Is Romeo and Juliet a true love story or a story of civil conflict? One of the many questions arose with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is ‘Is Romeo and Juliet a true love story or a story of civil conflict’. There is not just one straightforward answer to this question. My following essay will describe both sides of this argument and provide my own justification. Romeo and Juliet is the most famous romantic play in English Literature by William Shakespeare.

  • Imagery & Symbolism in Macbeth

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    The Imagery and Symbolism in Macbeth With its eye-opening plot and interesting cast of characters, William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth is one of the greatest works one could ever read. But, above all, the aspect of the play is most impressive and overwhelming with imagery and symbolism that Shakespeare so brilliantly uses. Throughout the play , the author depicts various types of imagery and symbolism instances that , eventually , lead to the downfall of the main character , Macbeth. Instances of imagery and symbolism are seen throughout the play. Imagery and symbolism are unavoidable features in William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

  • Theme of Love in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'

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    The theme of love in the tragedy by William Shakespeare "Romeo and Juliet". «Romeo and Juliet» is one of the immortal works of Shakespeare, which is relevant in our time. In his work, I want to try revealing the theme of love tragedy. But first, I want to say a few words about the author. William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

  • Relationship Between Romeo and Juliet

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    How does Shakespeare explore different representations of love in Romeo and Juliet and in a selection of his sonnets The idea of endless love; "till death do us a part" is evident in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. His characters, known for their deep infatuation with one another have turned into world renowned heroes and heroines and their idea of love has turned into a international phenomena. Shakespeare uses the relationships of different characters to embody different forms of love. The theme of love is almost certainly the most common theme in all literature and Romeo and Juliet is no exception. The theme of love is predominant throughout the play Romeo and Juliet, but there are also many similarities and differences between Romeo and Juliet and the 154 Shakespearean sonnets.

  • Midsummer Night's Dream as a Comedy

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    As a Comedy G.K. Chesterton had commented about A MND , “The greatest of Shakespeare’s comedies is also, from a certain point of view, the greatest of his plays. … A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a psychological study, not of a solitary man, but of a spirit that unites mankind.” In pure poetry and the intoxication of words, Shakespeare never rose higher than he rises in this play. But in spite of this fact, the supreme literary merit of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a merit of design. The amazing symmetry, the amazing artistic and moral beauty of that design is evident in its comedic form. One could argue, according to J.A.

  • Commentary on Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 18'

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    SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMERS DAY Sonnet 18 deserves its fame because it is one of the most beautifully written verses in the English language. The sonnet’s endurance comes from Shakespeare’s ability to capture the essence of love so cleanly and succinctly. After much debate amongst scholars, it is now generally accepted that the subject of the poem is male. In 1640, a publisher called John Benson released a highly inaccurate edition of Shakespeare’s sonnets in which he edited out the young man, replacing “he” with “she”. Benson’s revision was considered to be the standard text until 1780 when Edmond Malone returned to the 1690 quarto and re-edited the poems.

  • Sonnet 29 Essay

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    Sonnet Essay; Sonnet 29 In the Elizabethan era, William Shakespeare was one of the most famous authors of his time, who still lives among us today in his works of literature. Shakespeare is famous for his sonnets and plays which are, for the most part, always dramatically tragic. Shakespeare had utilized his ability as an amazing author because writing in sonnet form during his time was a very popular form of expressing one’s love among men in the upper class of society. Shakespeare was one of the most talented writers of all time, and Sonnet 29 portrays his talent because it contains a theme and literary devices that come together in the standard sonnet form. The emotional state of the speaker in Sonnet 29 is one of depression.

  • William Shakespeare - The Master Storyteller

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    2) Great Stories Marchette Chute, in the Introduction to her famous retelling of Shakespeare’s stories, summarizes one of the reasons for Shakespeare’s immeasurable fame: William Shakespeare was the most remarkable storyteller that the world has ever known. Homer told of adventure and men at war, Sophocles and Tolstoy told of tragedies and of people in trouble. Terence and Mark Twain told comedic stories, Dickens told melodramatic ones, Plutarch told histories and Hand Christian Andersen told fairy tales. But Shakespeare told every kind of story – comedy, tragedy, history, melodrama, adventure, love stories and fairy tales – and each of them so well that they have become immortal. In all the world of storytelling he has become the greatest name.

  • Why Study Shakespeare?

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    2) Great Stories Marchette Chute, in the Introduction to her famous retelling of Shakespeare’s stories, summarizes one of the reasons for Shakespeare’s immeasurable fame: William Shakespeare was the most remarkable storyteller that the world has ever known. Homer told of adventure and men at war, Sophocles and Tolstoy told of tragedies and of people in trouble. Terence and Mark Twain told comedic stories, Dickens told melodramatic ones, Plutarch told histories and Hand Christian Andersen told fairy tales. But Shakespeare told every kind of story – comedy, tragedy, history, melodrama, adventure, love stories and fairy tales – and each of them so well that they have become immortal. In all the world of storytelling he has become the greatest name.

  • Sonnet 18 Essay

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    Sonnet18, the most famous poem by William Shakespeare, often titled Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? figure1(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Shakespeare.jpg) William Shakespeare was born in 26 April 1564 and then died in 23 April 1616, he was an English poet and playwright, people regard him as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. ( Greenblatt, Stephen (2005), Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, London: Pimlico, ISBN 0712600981.) He is often called England's national poet. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems.

  • Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 130

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    William Shakespeare is the most well-known poet of Great Britain and one of the most renowned literary figures in the world. He is famous for his outstanding plays, which have left a great trace in the course of literature and culture, and also for the invention of the new form of the verse – a sonnet. The main character of his sonnets and also the person to which these works are mainly devoted is the Dark Lady. The sonnet # 130 is a link in the chain of this kind of sonnets. The main idea of the sonnet is to express the feelings towards a woman describing her appearance in a poetic way.

  • Kinds of Poetry

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    Shorter narrative poems include Robert Browning’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Robert Frost’sThe Death of the Hired Man. Dramatic poetry is nearly as old as the narrative form. The Greek dramatists Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were outstanding tragedians whose works have never been surpassed. Aristophanes was the great writer of comedic drama. In English, Shakespeare is considered the most outstanding of dramatists.