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 Shakespeare and His Work  
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Handouts GK13 NW 08/9
 
Shakespeare and His Work - Handouts GK13 NW 08/9His Works [Alexandra, Fiona, Hedda, Lena S, Mona]
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 His Works His Works His Works His Works
Some facts about hisworks
What genres of books didhe cover?
What are the mostimportant works?
Are there any rumoursabout the authorship?
Some facts about his works
William Shakespeare is considered by many to have been the greatest writer the English language has ever knownhe covers different genres of bookshe published not only forceful tragedies like “Romeo and Juliet”, butalso funny comedies like “As you like it”created 154 sonnets and several major poemsmost of his works had been written between 1585 to 1610, but the exactdates and the chronology of the plays are unknownscholars have often noticed
four periods
in Shakespeare’s writingcareer 
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First period was until 1595; he produced mainly comedies influenced byRomans and history plays
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Second period took place from 1595 to 1599; at that time he authoredhis greatest comedies and histories like “Julius Caesar”
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Third period proceeded from 1600 to 1608; this period is also called“tragic period”, because he recorded basically tragedies
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Fourth period happened from 1608 to 1613; in this term he publishedprimary tragicomedies/romances
 
Shakespeare and His Work - Handouts GK13 NW 08/9His Works [Alexandra, Fiona, Hedda, Lena S, Mona]
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What genres of books did he cover?
Comedies:
▪All's Well That Ends Well ▪As you like it ▪The Comedy of Errors▪Cymbeline ▪Love's Labours Lost ▪Measure for Measure ▪The Merry Wives oWindsor ▪The Merchant of Venice ▪A Midsummer Night's Dream ▪Much Ado AboutNothing ▪Pericles, Prince of Tyre ▪Taming of the Shrew ▪The Tempest ▪Troilus andCressida ▪Gentlemen of Verona ▪Winter's Tale
Histories:
▪Henry IV, part 1 ▪Henry IV, part 2 ▪Henry V ▪Henry VI, part 1 ▪Henry VI,part 2 ▪Henry VI, part 3 ▪Henry VIII ▪King John ▪Richard II ▪Richard III
Tragedies:
▪Antony and Cleopatra ▪Coriolanus ▪Hamlet ▪Julius Caesar ▪King Lear ▪Macbeth ▪Othello ▪Romeo and Juliet ▪Timon of Athens ▪Titus Andronicus
Poetries:
▪The Sonnets (154) ▪A Lover's Complaint ▪The Rape of Lucrece ▪Venusand Adonis ▪Funeral Elegy by W.S
What are the most important works?
Comedies:
▪ Twelfth NightViola, shipwrecked in Illyria and assuming that her brother Sebastianhas died in the wreck, henceforward masquerades as Cesario, a man,to gain a position at Duke Orsino’s court. Orsino sends her to bring hislove Olivia a message, but Olivia dislikes the Duke. Instead she falls inlove with Viola. Now Sebastian appears because he was unharmed inthe wreck. Later on, Viola’s true identity is revealed because of thesimilarities between Viola and Sebastian. Now, Olivia falls in love withSebastian and Viola confesses her love for the Duke.▪ A Midsummer Nights Dream▪ Much Ado Nothing▪ As you like it
Tragedies:
▪ HamletPrince Hamlet is visited by his father’s ghost and ordered to avenge themurder of his father by killing King Claudius, his uncle. After strugglingwith many questions, including whether the appearance of the ghostwas real and the revenge was right, Hamlet is killed like almost all theother main characters.▪ Macbeth▪ Romeo and Juliet
Histories:
▪ Julius Caesar After his friend Cassius persuaded Brutus to join a conspiracy to killJulius Caesar, whose power seems to be growing too much for Rome’sgood, Brutus fails to convince the people that his reasons wereadequate. He and Cassius eventually commit suicide as they noticedthat Rome is (in their opinion) lost.▪ Henry IV▪ Henry VII

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