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Shakespeare's standard poetic form was blank verse, composed in iambic pentameter.

Shakespeare's standard poetic form was blank verse, composed in iambic pentameter.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Some time between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men.

At age 49, he appears to have retired to Stratford, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive; this has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, his religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were, in fact, written by others. Said theories are often criticized for failing to adequately note the fact that few records survive of most commoners of the period. At age 49, he appears to have retired to Stratford, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive; this has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, his religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were, in fact, written by others. Said theories are often criticized for failing to adequately note the fact that few records survive of most commoners of the period. At age 49, he appears to have retired to Stratford, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive; this has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, his religious

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