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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (/ˈʃkspɪər/ SHAYK-speer; 26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

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A great quick depiction of Romeo and Juliet! Oh Shakespeare, what would we do without thee?

Contributed by Claire Robinson

The Simpsons take on Shakespeare's Hamlet Shakespeare had to write his plays in a way that pleased the intellectuals and royalty who funded his plays and the groundlings who would throw food or pee on the stage if they were not entertained. So Shakespeare had the difficult takes of combing grotesque and slap stick humor with intellectual devices. The Simpsons is also like that. There is a lot of slap stick and grotesque humor, but then there are episodes like this which saterise great works of literature or current events.

Contributed by Kandi Smith

Shakespeare didn't have an editor, but if he did, then maybe it would have gone something like this. And who better to show us than Hugh Laurie? He's the best.

Contributed by Sammo Lea

Hamlet. Perhaps William Shakespeare's greatest play.

Contributed by John Davilman

For any Netflix users out there, you can instantly stream a four-part PBS documentary called 'In Search of Shakespeare.' The documentary explores Shakespeare's life as well as the politics behind his plays and other motivations behind his works. With interviews from scholars, acting troupes, and Shakespeare experts, it's an extremely in-depth look at all facets of Shakespeare's life. After watching the documentary, I felt I could connect with Shakespeare on a more human level - he was no longer a distant, dead genius who created beautiful works of art. His imperfections shape him as much as his successes, and this documentary illustrates this beautifully.

Contributed by Lindsay Holzworth

If you want to learn one or two about William Shakespeare, this video is made by educators that know a few things about the "Bard" himself. Want to know where a lot of your English language comes from, this video offer a fun, engaging way to look at William Shakespeare.

Contributed by Briana Klingaman

Hokey Pokey

Contributed by Maggie Dressel

The truth about Shakespeare

Contributed by Nicole Evans

a parody of a scene in othello

Contributed by Cassidee Kido

a scene of one of Shakespeare's best play: Hamlet.

Contributed by Tay Lionel

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