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  1. Few poets have been as essential, as influential to the evolution of a language—both the written word and the spoken tradition—as William Shakespeare was to English. His poems, particularly his sonnets, which became renowned for their particular form and human themes (love, death, time, memory, etc.), are still studied, memorized, recited, and enjoyed; his plays, likewise, are classics.

  2. Shakespeare's influence extends from theater and literatures to present-day movies, Western philosophy, and the English language itself. William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the history of the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He transformed European theatre by expanding expectations about what could be accomplished through innovation in characterization, plot, language and genre. Shakespeare's writings have also impacted many notable novelists

  3. May 27, 2014 · Shakespeare’s influence is evident in popular as well as high culture: singer-songwriter Nick Lowe’s 1970s earworm, Cruel to be Kind, took its title from lines Hamlet addressed to his mother.

  4. William Shakespeare’s Life & Times:Influences. Influences. Shakespeare read widely and took inspiration from everything he read, but some writers proved especially influential. One important influence was Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe pioneered the use of blank verse, the form Shakespeare uses in all his plays.

  5. Dec 06, 2017 · Shakespeare and His Influence on Theater. William Shakespeare, “the Bard of Avon,” was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. He wrote nearly 40 known plays, covering comedies, tragedies, historical plays, tragicomedies, and romances, and more than 150 sonnets.

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