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The World of Literature – William Shakespeare

By Treeves Subscribe to RSS | December 15th 2011 | Views:

Given the vulnerability of today’s world it’s very likely that we become victims of crime. It’s of at most importance to have some sort of security, either physical or technology based gadget security. High-end alarm systems can be used to serve this purpose like the one offered by ADT Security Systems. By this we can protect ourselves, our family and valuables like jewelry, vital documents, priceless books and editions and other home accessories. A recent library heist in the city reminds me of many valuable books and scripts stolen because of improper supervision and lack of monitored alarm system. Being a freelance writer I used to feed my intellectual knowledge on frequent visits to the library and did most of the research there. Among the books I cherished reading and often rented for research were Shakespeare collections.

Shakespeare plays depict him as the most prolific author from his time to the present day and his 37 works are divided into different genres like tragedy, history, and comedy and is available in almost every speaking language of the world. His works were written in the metre style that consisted of lines of unrhymed iambic pentameter, called blank verse. His plays were usually composed using blank verse with a slight deviation as it was divided into paragraphs. This style of writing was common in his times and was often influenced by the literature of his days.

His works are now available in the form of quartos, monologues, sonnets and plays. His works consisted of a new vocabulary that was never seen in any of the other writings of his period. Shakespeare invented around 1700 words by changing noun to verb, verbs to adjective, joining prefixes and suffixes to words and devised whole new set of words. Some of the words and phrases coined by him were 'critic', 'majestic', 'submerge', 'assassination' and 'lonely', 'the naked truth', 'in the mind's eye', 'break the ice' and 'it's all Greek to me'. Shakespeare probably began his writing career with the stage plays as a theatre performance was more active during his times. His historical plays that derive themes from the English reigns are Richard II, Richard III, the two dramas on the reign of Henry IV, all illustrate the dramatist's power in representing various eras in the history.

His plays were based on historic facts of his nation and also wrote semi-historical plays with legendary character of various countries. Hamlet was drawn from a Danish chronicle; Macbeth, King Lear, and Cymbeline refer to more or less mythological legends of Scottish and British history; while Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra are derived from ancient Roman annals. Most of the dramas were based on the fiction set in the sixteenth century. His early works include All's Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Hamlet. And the historical plays according to the order it was written are King John, Richard II, Henry IV, pt. 1, Henry IV, pt. 2, Henry V, Henry VI, pt. 1, Henry VI, pt. 2, Henry VI, pt. 3, Richard III, Henry VIII.

Other books penned by him are Julius Caesar, King Lear, Love's Labor Lost, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus and Cressida, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter's Tale.

The writing style of Shakespeare has influenced authors from generations and several imitations can be seen in modern literature as well. His plays and sonnets have their own style and characteristics different from any other and his works are well-known and very popular to this day and is implemented in academics as a separate branch of study and is taught in schools as well. To this day there are theatre performances of some of his famous plays.

Treeves - About Author:
Tina is a freelance writer who likes to write about art and literature, history and current events. At the same time she likes to relate the importance of having a good home security system like ADT Security Systems for preserving valuable collections from unknown intrudersADT Security Systems.

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