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These essays are often so condensed in expression that many sentences make good proverbs. In respect to directness and clearness, their style is far in advance of any other prose written in this period and fully warrants assigning Bacon a high place among the Elizabethans. William Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford-on-Avon.

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He was born at Stratford-on-Avon, in His father was a merchant. Shakespeare went to the village grammar school, but besides that we have no knowledge of his course of study. When he was eighteen he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he seems to have lived unhappily. Soon after his marriage, Shakespeare went to London to seek his fortune. It is supposed that at first he held horses at the doors of London theatres, that he sometimes was called upon to act on the stage, and that in this way he became interested in the drama.

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He next touched up ole plays, and after some practice of this kind finally wrote those marvelous dramas which show a vast knowledge of human nature and of the strength and weakness of the human heart. After some years in London, Shakespeare became stockholder in the Globe Theatre, grew rich, and went back to Stratford. There he bought a fine house and estate, and lived the last years of his life as a country gentleman. He died in , and was buried in the church at Stratford.

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Shakespeare's Work. Richard II. And King John belong to this period. In the second period the plays lose many of the faults of those of the first period, and show a more finished dramatic art. His greatest historical plays and his best comedies were written now. In the third period the tragedies were written. It is thought that the misfortunes which befell some of his friends turned Shakespeare's mind to the graver things of life, and led him to work out in his dramas the dreadful consequences of evil deeds.

The fourth period is the time of calm and serenity. The plays now dwell upon domestic peace and forgiveness. The Sonnets. He did not follow the prescribed Italian form in regard to the arrangement of his rhymes, but showed his independence by making a sonnet which is called Shakespearian.


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Laddas ned direkt. In The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson, Jack Lynch explores eighteenth-century British conceptions of the Renaissance, and the historical, intellectual, and cultural uses to which the past was put during the period.

Scholars, editors, historians, religious thinkers, linguists and literary critics of the period all defined themselves in relation to 'the last age' or 'the age of Elizabeth'. Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century thinkers reworked older historical schemes to suit their own needs, turning to the ages of Petrarch and Poliziano, Erasmus and Scaliger, Shakespeare, Spenser, and Queen Elizabeth to define their culture in contrast to the preceding age. They derived a powerful sense of modernity from the comparison, which proved essential to the constitution of a national character.

This interdisciplinary study will be of interest to cultural as well as literary historians of the eighteenth century.