5 Facts about William Shakespeare for Children
William Shakespeare was born in 1564 to John and Mary Arden Shakespeare. He was a very popular English poet and writer. The following are five most important facts about Shakespeare and his life and works:
Fact #1: William Shakespeare was baptized on 26th April 1564 at Stratford-upon-Avon. He is believed to have born on 23rd April 1564 to John and Mary Shakespeare and had seven brothers and sisters. Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway when he was 18 years old.
Anne is said to have been eight years older to him. She was three months pregnant when they got married. Together they had three children. William Shakespeare died on 23rd April 1616.
Fact #2: The time from 1585-1592 is known as Lost Years as there is absolutely no reference about what Shakespeare did during this period.
Fact #3: Shakespeare wrote his first play when he was 25 years old. Many of his plays were published posthumously by his friends. It is also believed by many that the poems and plays were not written by Shakespeare himself.
Fact #4: William Shakespeare was a popular poet, play writ and a writer. He wrote 154 sonnets, 38 plays and 2 narrative poems. The Comedy of Errors is the shortest play written by him. Shakespeare's Sonnets was published in 1609. He even coined many words and phrases that are commonly used today.
Fact #5: No one knows how William Shakespeare really looked like. No portraits of him were painted while he was alive.