William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564, died 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer of the English language and as the world's preeminent dramatist. He wrote approximately 38 plays and 154 sonnets, as well as a variety of other poems. Already great in his lifetime, his fame grew considerably after his death. His work was adulated by eminent figures through the centuries. He is often called England's national poet, and sometimes the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard") or the "Swan of Avon".
Shakespeare produced most of his work between 1586 and 1612, although the exact dates and chronology of the plays attributed to him are uncertain. He is one of the few playwrights considered to have excelled in both tragedy and comedy; his plays combine popular appeal with complex characterisation, and poetic grandeur with philosophical depth.
Have the pleasure to read one of his Sonnets....
Tired with all these for restful death I cry,
As to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimmed in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And guilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,
And folly, doctor-like, controlling skill,
And simple truth miscalled simplicity,
And captive good attending captain ill.
Tired with all these, from these would I be gone,
Save that to die, I leave my love alone.
However, we, librahitech, have great regard for The Bard who said, What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
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