Book Creator


by Milka Lalic


Primary school "Vuk Karadžić" Lipe - 23 April, 2021
The 23rd April is World Book Day, but did you know that it is also Shakespeare's Day?
Everybody has heard of Shakespeare, but do you know how many plays he wrote? Have you heard of any of his sonnets?

William Shakespeare ( April 23, 1564 - April 23, 1616) was a poet and a playwright and is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

Place of birth and death: Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Nickname: "Bard of Avon"; "Swan of Avon", "The Bard"

William Shakespeare, often called the English national poet, is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time. William Shakespeare was a professional actor and playwright from Stratford-Upon-Avon. He worked in London, writing on average three plays a year for the acting company the Lord Chamberlain’s - later King’s Men, whilst sustaining his family in Stratford. Whatever we think about him as a writer, he was principally a man of the theatre: he worked collaboratively and knew his playhouses intimately. He acted in plays by other playwrights and, as a shareholder in the Globe he profited from every aspect of the playmaking business. This made him rich, and he is recorded as being a careful investor.
William Shakespeare's birthplace
in Stratford-upon-Avon
His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Main works
Tragedies:Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth
Comedies: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and Twelfth Night.
Histories: Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V Henry VI, Richard III, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra

Watch the story and play the game:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Shakespeare's language

According to linguist David Crystal, only 5 to 10 per cent of Shakespearean English is different from modern English. However, even that small percentage can confuse students and make the plays and poems seem quite inaccessible. Here you can read about some grammatical changes since Shakespeare’s time.