The Mysterious Shakespeare

      William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon in 1564. William Shakespeare is known to be the best English playwright. He authored some 37 or more plays, epic poems and 154 sonnets, He retired to his hometown sometime around 1612, where he died. Shakespeare worked the English language and he made up words but his death was a mystery. His words are the most quoted words other than the Bible. Shakespeare did not have college background but most scholars believe that he wrote the sonnets. Shakespeare is the most influential person who inspired people with his word. In the book  Shakespeare by another Name, Mark Anderson demonstrates “the intense intellectual energy and attention to factual detail that are required to unravel what, to honest minds, is an obvious mystery” according to Derek Jacobi (Anderson XXIV). Mark Anderson explains that Shakespeare work would talk about human nature about love and hate. However, did he actually write all the works attributed to him? 

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 Because he lived so long ago, scholars debate whether Shakespeare actually wrote his works,. While many scholars do not believe Shakespeare wrote his own work, evidence suggest that he is in fact the author of his beloved body of work.

   Ogburn explains “Orthodox scholars and critics tell us flatly that Shakespeare was a Stratford man of humble beginning.” It is believed that a man of such a background However, the accumulated evidence seems to bear out Henry James’s suspicion that this notion is “the biggest and most successful fraud ever practiced on a patient world”(Ogburn1).

   Ogburn explains that Shakespeare play made Shakespeare the most popular playwright. However, Shakespeare play touches some English teachers and students that are reading about

Shakespeare because he made up to three thousand words in English. “No one we know of ever suggested during Shakespeare’s life that he was the author Shakespeare, or an author of any kind. Shakespeare’s contemporaries made it quite plain that they did not consider the Stratford man the author.” As far as we can tell, Shakespeare did not come to be generally accepted as the author until two generations or more after his death (Ogburn 1). Shakespeare explains how human thinks and react to issues in life.

   Shakespeare authorship was unsolved because no evidence shows the truth about

            Shakespeare works. Shakespeare is above all writers, at least above all modern writers, the poet of nature; the poet that holds up to his readers a faithful mirror of manners and of life. His characters are not modified by the customs of particular places, unpracticed by the rest of the world; by the peculiarities of studies or professions, which can operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary opinions: they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as the world will always supply, and observation will always find. His persons act and speak by the influence of those general (preface to Shakespeare 1-40).


This evidence has a good point and more evidence to complete my answer but Shakespeare authorship was unsolved because his work was not known after he died.

 Did William Shakespeare really write the play and poems?  

Shakespeare wrote the plays and he never published his play or poem.

“William Shakespeare” of the title pages is not identical with William Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon;  no one has succeeded in showing how Shakespeare of Stratford acquired the detailed knowledge of host of arts and sciences displayed in the poems and plays;  no one has succeeded in showing how Shakespeare of Stratford gained access to the private lives of court personages, got his topographical knowledge of Italy, or acquired the ability to read numerous untranslated sources in a variety of ancient and modern languages; no one has been able to explain Shakespeare’s total lack of interest in the publication of “his” plays, or of “his” poems except Venus and Lucrece, assuming that he wrote them, nor his complacent submission to the wholesale piracies and botched edition of “his” works; important people who should have been witnesses to Shakespeare’s activities are silent during his lifetime, such as Henslowe, Alleyn, Nashe, Spenser, Bacon, Peacham, or Jonson himself!  Shakespeare himself is silent on any “literary activities,” even in his Last Will and Testament;  indeed, the only clear-cut identification of the Stratford man with the authorship is made seven years after his death, in the First Folio;                                                                                                                                                  “The First Folio testimony is inconsistent with all the other evidence before us, leading anti-Stratfordians to suspect that document’s trustworthiness; and if a nobleman had written these works a possibility deduced from the internal evidence of the plays themselves … He would have been unable owing to the social opprobrium afforded poets and playwrights of the nobility to publish them under his own name, and would have been obliged, therefore, to either use a nom de plume or to work out an agreement with someone to loan his name for this purpose” ( Gordon 3-10). I find it hard to believe because the evidence still did not answer my question.

  Shakespeare sonnets inspired people to read his plays and for people to understand it. The Shakespeare sonnets became famous for his works because people find it interesting to read.

The experience of reading a Shakespeare sonnet is like a momentary vision: a sonnet can take anything from forty-five seconds if read quickly  to just over a minute if read slowly to read out loud and, spatially, all its words can coexist as a physical printed body, suspended by the reader’s gaze. To read the sonnet a second time helps to bring some of the detail of that same vision into focus through Shakespeare’s arrangement of words, ideas, and sounds. A third reading makes the sonnet begin to appear like a carefully painted canvas in miniature. Words and phrases can become like paint and brushstrokes as the reader/viewer is possibly reminded of a preceding sonnet-canvas, and invited to make visual and semantic connections in Shakespeare’s gallery of 154 exhibits. The sonnet then becomes like a living and moving painted image, depicted against the background of its own inextricable verbal music. Shakespeare, who usually engages artistically with a live theatre audience, here makes the Sonnets themselves his living art. It is often exhausting to look at paintings (Shakespeare’s Sonnets p47-81).

 Shakespeare works inspired actors to love his sonnets for example Romeo and Juliet story was the best play.

Crucially, Shakespeare’s representations of the subversion of the subject also draw on another discourse available in Renaissance England for conceptualizing desire and sexuality. Given the doctrine of the queen’s two bodies in absolutism, the Elizabethan subject could make an identification with the sovereign as a “spectacular” model for his self-division. Indeed, the powerfully interpellating or “formative aspect of sovereignty becomes comprehensible as soon as we recognize that the marvelous, Christological paradox of the king’s or queen’s irreducibly divided and singular presence reflects the subject’s own condition.” The trajectory of identification’s impossible assumption of power via the regal phantasm moves from specular capture to a consequent “subjection” to the Other, in which the imaginary again subtends the




symbolic dimension of prohibition in Eros. In the Shakespearean allegory of Eros explored some sexual in his sonnets and he express emotions for love (Lewis).


I saw a video on YouTube from BBC news states Christopher Marlowe wrote some of the play from Shakespeare and he worked as his playwright.

People assume Christopher Marlowe wrote the play but that’s was not the case. The authorship of Shakespeare’s works have been debated for centuries. Academics have suggested that four writers – including Marlowe – wrote some or all of his plays.

The film Anonymous, released in 2011, suggested Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was behind the playwright’s works. Actor Mark Rylance, who appeared in the film, also chairs the Shakespearean Authorship Trust, the society which has argued since 1922 that the writer was unlikely to be the true author of the plays credited to him.

Other playwrights put forward as being the real authors include Sir Francis Bacon and William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby (BBC).








This evidence of Shakespeare sound truth because he did not keep company until later on he made it. Shakespeare might not have kept company with poachers, Greenblatt argues, but as a playwright “he was a brilliant poacher  deftly entering into territory marked out by others, taking for himself what he wanted, and walking away with his prize under the keeper’s nose.” Greenblatt also pursues an imaginative inquiry one whose debt to Joyce’s “Ulysses” he acknowledges in his bibliographical notes  when he makes a case that the death of Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son, Hamnet, must have compelled him to write “Hamlet,” though Shakespeare in fact wrote three comedies immediately following his son’s death(New York Times). He was inspired to write hamlet because of his bad experiences.















Before Shakespeare death he was not famous until he died and his work was published, the world knows him as the best playwright. Charlton ogburn is the best author that talk in detail about shakepeare.  Shakespeare is credited as the creator of English and drama culture.  My answer to my question there is a real Shakespeare and he wrote plays and poems. In modern days there is no information to show it, but we can enjoy reading about Shakespeare. Reader of Shakespeare’s work very never know for sure if he actually wrote them or not, but those who argue against Shakespeare’s authorship do not make compelling enough arguments to leave fans convinced that their favorite author was a fraud.











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