It is almost impossible that anyone who has studied The English language doesn’t know who William Shakespeare was. Born to John and Mary Shakespeare on 23rd April 1564 he grew up to become a playwright and one of the most iconic personalities of England.
Here are 10 facts about one of the greatest writers of the English language.
10. The work of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare first started writing in 1589 and has written at least 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and many poems. These numbers do not include his “lost plays” and his collaborative work with other playwrights.
9. Shakespeare has given thousands of words to the English language
Oxford English Dictionary has credited Shakespeare for introducing almost 3,000 words to the English language. He coined the words like accused, arouse, luggage, radiance, etc .
8. We still quote Shakespeare, a lot
Shakespeare wrote close to a tenth of the most quoted lines ever written or spoken in English. He is also the second most quoted English writer after the writers of the Bible.
7. The longest and the shortest
Shakespeare’s longest play is ‘Hamlet’, comprised of 4,024 lines and his shortest play is ‘The Comedy of Errors’ with 1,786 lines.
6. Shakespeare wrote a curse on his grave
Shakespeare penned a curse for his grave, daring anyone to move his body from that final resting place.
His epitaph was:
“Good friend for Jesus’ sake forbear,
To dig the dust enclosed here:
Blest be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.”
5. Shakespeare had a wife named Anne Hathaway
Shakespeare married at the age of 18. His wife Anne Hathaway was 26 and three months pregnant with his child. Six months after the wedding, their first child Susanna was born.
4. Shakespeare’s had seven siblings
Shakespeare had seven siblings: Joan (b 1558, only lived 2 months); Margaret (b 1562); Gilbert (b 1566); another Joan (b 1569); Anne (b 1571); Richard (b 1574) and Edmund (b 1580).
3. He was really creative at creating words
Shakespeare was so flexible in using words that he used over 7,000 of them – only once and never again.
2. Burial place of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare was buried at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford Upon Avon on 25th April 1616. Keeping the traditions of that era in mind, he was most likely died on the 23rd April 1616 – his 52nd birthday.
1. William Shakespeare was rich!
Shakespeare died a wealthy man and left his entire property to his daughter, Susanna. He left his wife Anne only the second-best bed in his home.