Definition of Shakespeare, William in English:

Shakespeare, William

Line breaks: Wil|liam Shake|speare
Pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪkspɪə
( 1564–1616), English dramatist.

His plays are written mostly in blank verse and include comedies, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It; historical plays, including Richard III and Henry V; the Greek and Roman plays, which include Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra; enigmatic comedies such as All’s Well that Ends Well and Measure for Measure; the great tragedies, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth; and the group of tragicomedies with which he ended his career, such as The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest. He also wrote more than 150 sonnets, published in 1609



Pronunciation: /ʃeɪkˈspɪərɪən/
(also Shakespearian) noun& adjective
More example sentences
  • A recent Polish stage version turned the story into doom-laden Shakespearean tragedy.
  • As in true Shakespearean fashion, the tragedy ends in a sea of bloodshed and tears.
  • The rationale for the over-the-top mis-emphasis is clearly that the stage and auditorium are large, needing to be filled, and that the audience is liable to be unversed in Shakespearian language.

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