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Random Facts about William Shakespeare

Several generations have passed by, thousands and even millions of humans have been born and died as well, but up to this point of our time William Shakespeare is known to many of us. Around the globe, William Shakespeare is popular, not only his works but as a human himself. Remembering from the previous posts here in this website, there are several thats shows the popularity of William through the works of other people. Some of these are the handkerchief, McDonald’s food that have the logo of his works, caps, clothes, shoes that contain the image of Shakespeare, movies, music and the like. Through these works, the continuous popularity of William Shakespeare grows and grows even more because even to the next generation, these artifacts will be seen and continuously purchased knowing his popularity.

Although we all know about the important facts about William Shakespeare, like the day when he was born, where he spent most of his life and his great works, such as the Ophelia, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet and many more plays, poems, sonnets and even movies, I have stumbled across some fact which have surprised me because there are even more facts that people might not know about William Shakespeare.

In the coming pictures, videos and paragraphs, several facts about Shakespeare will be shown, from his life, to his works, and many more.

As we all know this is where William Shakespeare was born, Stratford-upon-Avon in England they said that he was baptized on April 26, 1564 and most probably that was three days after he was born, thus saying that the birth date of William Shakespeare was April 23, 1564. But although we think that April 23 was the real date of Shakespeare’s birth, it was back then when the old Julius calendar was used, but according to the Gregorian calendar, which we use now ever since 1582, William Shakespeare’s birth is May 6. Being born with the name of William Shakespeare, there were several times when the spelling was changed, there are around 80 several kinds, from Shappere to Shaxberd. Funny isn’t it? Even though they have misspelled William’s name, over the centuries, his real name, how he really is called is stuck to almost each and everyone of us today, knowing even the tiniest bit of information about him, or even knowing what he has done over the time of his life.

When we were kids, we have tried several times to create our own signatures, from trying to scribble our name to even putting our whole name, and when we got older, being able to create the perfect signature for us. Not only us who did this, but William was also one of us. William had several and even more than what we have tried to create our signature. He had several signatures that he has tried but only a few have survived. He never spelled his name when he was actually making his signature, Willm Shaksp,” “William Shakespe,” “Wm Shakspe,” “William Shakspere,” ”Willm Shakspere,” and “William Shakspeare”, but he never ever did spell his whole name, until in his will, which is the signature above, which spelled, William Shakespeare.

From signatures, now we go to English words. You did not think that William Shakespeare has created several English words, didn’t you? William Shakespeare has created a lot of English words, for over 2,035 English words that he has invented. The words that he has created are frugal, assassination, barefaced, countless and many more. From these words that he has created, in my own opinion, it clearly states how he wants to express himself especially in his works. This is because in our modern society now compared to back then in his time, these words could better express and show more meaning for the actions and the lines that they represent.

But of course, not only that this man has encountered so much success, even though he did not enter any university or school, in his life, but also he has experienced several problems and issues in life. One of the issues that he has encountered and until now people are still asking is that if he is bisexual. It has been a recurring issue until now even though he married, Anne Hathaway, but what people say is that it has been a mistake for her name, which is Anne Whataley. Going back to the issue of his sexuality, it was because of his poems and sonnets which was thought to be for a young man, named Henry Wriothesly, third Earl of Southhampton and Baron of Titchefield. This Young man was the reason of the speculation.

The photo above is the photo of Henry Wriothesley to whom Shakespeare wrote his two poems, this is because of the speculation that William Shakespeare has dedicated the two poems to this young lad. The two poems that William wrote are the Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonis.

These are not the only poems or sonnets that Shakespeare has created, but most of the works that he has created contained love, suggesting the poems bisexuality as well. Although we can not explain the real sexuality of William if he was really gay or not, we can actually tell that Henry of Wriothesley was bisexual, due to when he was sharing quarters with fellow officer, he would “hug in arms and play wantonly with.” Due to these speculations of course the rumors also affected that William was also bisexual.

Skipping on the different works of William all through his life, because it was not stated how he started writing and all now we go back to his Family. William married Anne having 3 kids, Susanna and twins Judith and Hamnet. Although he had 3 kids, the generation of William Shakespeare’s family line ended when his Granddaughter Elizabeth, Daughter of Susanna died with out having any children. This is the last and final generation of William Shakespeare’s family line.

Continuing would not certainly limit this to 1000 words, but then again, there are several random facts about William Shakespeare that most of us might not know, and these are just some of it.

Yu Murayama



Ateneo de Manila University

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*the pictures are from Google

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  1. March 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Intereseting facts, such as how Shakespeare wouldn’t want to spell his name right in his signature, and the words he coined himself. This calls to mind Lewis Carrol who also invented many words such as frabjous, jabberwocky, etc. John Lennon also did so. Anyway, just a suggestion, I think it would be better if you gave us random interesting facts pertaining to the different works showing Shakespeare’s transcendence in different media. Or just something that is about his being transmedial.

  2. March 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    YES DEAR THE FIRST COMMENTER WAS RIGHT! WHERE’S THE transmedial HERE? It’s just a Shakespeare factbook of his life, handwriting, his verse (Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonis), and his sexuality (Henry Wriothesley)

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