William Shakespeare 's Influence On The English Language Essay

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William Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers who ever lived. His plays and poetry have affected people for generations and have impacted history: "The gifted playwright [Shakespeare] who moves audiences to laughter and tears has also moved history" (Marche ix). His works radically changed the English language through the creation of thousands of new words and phrases. His plays addressed topics that were relevant both then and throughout history, giving them long-term popularity. This unique combination makes him one of the best known and most influential playwrights. William Shakespeare influenced history in two huge ways: he contributed enormously to the English language, and he wrote plays that have been the tools for change throughout history. William Shakespeare was born in 1564, and baptized on April 26 of that year at Holy Trinity Church in Stanford, England (Dunton-Downer & Riding 9). Not much is known about his early life, though he did go to school until he was fifteen or sixteen years old. Unlike many famous playwrights of his time, he did not attend university after finishing school – making his success as a playwright even more incredible. In 1582, he married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older than him. They baptized their first child, Susanna, in 1583. Their twins Judith and Hamnet were baptized in 1585. The years between 1585 and 1592 are known as the "Lost Years" because there is no record of what Shakespeare did during that time.…

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