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Shakespeare for Beginners

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Are you a Shakespeare newbie? Discover the Bard for the first time with our Shakespeare for Beginners FAQ.

1. Where Was Shakespeare Born?

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon during the mid 16th Century. You can still visit the very room in which it is believed that Shakespeare was born.

2. Where Did Shakespeare Live?

Discover how Shakespeare moved between Stratford-upon-Avon and London, where he spent most of his working life. Also, find out where he retired to in the final few years of his life.

3. When Did Shakespeare Die?

William Shakespeare died on his 52nd birthday ... or did he?

4. Where Is Shakespeare Buried?

Discover Shakespeare's final resting place. For a small fee, you can still visit his grave and read his epitaph.

5. What Was Theater Like in Shakespeare’s Day?

Back in the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, theater was the dominant form of entertainment. It was a social event and people would talk and eat during the performance – very different from today. Shakespeare wrote his plays for this type of audience, so exploring the Elizabethan and Jacobean theater experience is a good way to improve your understanding.

6. What Is Iambic Pentameter?

Iambic pentameter is a scary sounding term for a very simple idea. Shakespeare often wrote in verse and used a popular meter called iambic pentameter. Our introduction to this meter will tell you everything you need to know.

7. Did Shakespeare Actually Write the Plays?

Since the Eighteenth Century, Shakespeare’s identity has been in dispute. Today the Shakespeare authorship debate rages on and many people believe “Shakespeare” was a pen name for Christopher Marlowe, Edward de Vere or Sir Francis Bacon (among others). Make up your own mind with our introduction to the Shakespeare authorship debate.
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