Questions about the works of William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616), the legendary playwright and poet known as "The Bard", or his life as a writer and theatre shareholder. For questions about his plays, add a tag for the play (e.g. [hamlet]); for questions about his sonnets, add the tag [poetry].

William Shakespeare was not only an author of plays and poems but also an actor and a shareholder of the theatre company with which he was associated. As a dramatists, he wrote tragedies, histories (a genre that he reinvented), comedies and "romances" or tragicomedies.

The histories, which were all written before 1601, include Richard III, Richard II and Henry V. The comedies, which were all written before 1602, include The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It and Twelfth Night.

Shakespeare's tragedies include early works such as Titus Andronicus and Romeo and Juliet, and the four great tragedies of his mature period: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. The "romance" The Tempest was probably the last play that Shakespeare wrote on his own.

As a poet, Shakespeare wrote the popular Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, a cycle of 154 sonnets and a number of other longer poems.

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