or Shak·spere, Shake·spear
- William,the Bardthe Bard of Avon, 1564–1616, English poet and dramatist.
Examples from the Web for shakespeare
Shakespeare,” said Professor Watson, “wrote a story for each of us and in them we can hear what we want.
My trip takes the reverse path, and I begin by assessing the depth of my Shakespeare knowledge in his birthplace.
Apparently, Shakespeare coined 1,700 words, from the frequently used (excitement) to the should-be-more frequently used (spewed).
Was it Shakespeare, in mad pursuit of a lovely boy and that voluptuous Dark Lady?Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
About all our books have in common is our shameless use of Shakespeare as a source.Book Bag: 5 Novels Shakespeare Sort of Wrote
October 10, 2014
I want to liberate Englishmen so far as I can from the tyranny of Shakespeare's greatness.
Even had Shakespeare tried to hide himself in his work, he could not have succeeded.
Now what other personage is there in Shakespeare who shows these traits or some of them?
For Shakespeare must have painted this second Hamlet unconsciously.
All this is pure Hamlet; one might better say, pure Shakespeare.
- William. 1564–1616, English dramatist and poet. He was born and died at Stratford-upon-Avon but spent most of his life as an actor and playwright in London. His plays with approximate dates of composition are: Henry VI, Parts I–III (1590); Richard III (1592); The Comedy of Errors (1592); Titus Andronicus (1593); The Taming of the Shrew (1593); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594); Love's Labour's Lost (1594); Romeo and Juliet (1594); Richard II (1595); A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595); King John (1596); The Merchant of Venice (1596); Henry IV, Parts I–II (1597); Much Ado about Nothing (1598); Henry V (1598); Julius Caesar (1599); As You Like It (1599); Twelfth Night (1599); Hamlet (1600); The Merry Wives of Windsor (1600); Troilus and Cressida (1601); All's Well that ends Well (1602); Measure for Measure (1604); Othello (1604); King Lear (1605); Macbeth (1605); Antony and Cleopatra (1606); Coriolanus (1607); Timon of Athens (1607); Pericles (1608); Cymbeline (1609); The Winter's Tale (1610); The Tempest (1611); and, possibly in collaboration with John Fletcher, Two Noble Kinsmen (1612) and Henry VIII (1612). His Sonnets, variously addressed to a fair young man and a dark lady, were published in 1609
Word Origin and History for shakespeare
surname recorded from 1248; it means "a spearman." This was a common type of English surname, e.g. Shakelance (1275), Shakeshaft (1332). Shake (v.) in the sense of "to brandish or flourish (a weapon)" is attested from late Old English
Heo scæken on heore honden speren swiðe stronge. [Laymon, "Brut," c. 1205]
Cf. also shake-buckler "a swaggerer, a bully;" shake-rag "ragged fellow, tatterdemalion." "Never a name in English nomenclature so simple or so certain in origin. It is exactly what it looks -- Shakespear" [Bardsley, "Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames," 1901]. Nevertheless, speculation flourishes. The name was variously written in contemporary records, also Shakespear, Shakespere, the last form being the one adopted by the New Shakespere Society of London and the first edition of the OED. Related: Shakespearian (1753); Shakesperean (1796); Shakesperian (1755).