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  Shakespeare and His Times
 is designed to be both a wide-ranging exploration of the Shakespeare phenomenon and a confidence-building experience with the language, the historical context, and the universality of Shakespearean themes.
  Shakespeare had three
 children, two
daughters and a son--
Hamnet, who died at an early age--so there
 is no direct line of
 descent from William
 Shakespeare.
 
 
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The class will study one play from each of the four accepted genres of Shakespeare's plays:  one comedy, one history, one tragedy, and one Romance.  A typical menu may include Much Ado about Nothing, King Henry V, King Lear, and The Tempest.    
              Shakespeare's Poetry will also be examined, especially the sonnets.  What is a sonnet?  What makes one "Elizabethan" or "Shakespearean?"  Who is the "Dark Lady?"  Who is the "Rival Poet?"  Who is the noble young man the sonnets are addressed to?   Shakespeare
 personally knew two
 English monarchs
 (Elizabeth I and
 James I) and
fraternized with
 innumerable dukes,
 duchesses, earls, and
 earlettes.
 
    Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, and died April 23, 1616--on his birthday.      
The Burning Question--
with some answers:
Question:  "Was Shakespeare Gay?"

Answer #1:  That's a stupid question.
Answer #2:  What difference does it make?
Answer #3:  He fathered three children.
Answer #4:  Nobody really knows.

(Source:  A local Shakespearean scholar with a PhD.)
William Shakespeare
 came from a large
 family, and had
 brothers Richard,
 Gilbert and Edmund,
 and sisters Joan,
 Margaret, and Anne.
Gilbert, at least,
was known to have
lived in London
(Southwark) during
the time that his
 brother William
lived there.