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Our mission is to help everyone understand Shakespeare’s language.

From translating Shakespeare quotes (to be or not to be, anyone?) and complete Shakespeare plays, to providing great Shakespeare facts, a Shakespeare translator, and articles on Shakespeare’s life – including a great William Shakespeare biography – we’re here to make Shakespeare easy and accessible.

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Shakespeare Quotes

Written Shakespeare quote on sky blue background - 'to thine own self be true'

Read the best and most famous Shakespeare quotes, monologues and soliloquies by play (Hamlet quotesMacbeth quotesRomeo & Juliet quotes and more), or see Shakespeare’s love quotes.

The Plays

Picture of the first page of William Shakespeare's 'third folio'

Read short summaries of Shakespeare’s plays, meet Shakespeare’s characters, and understand Shakespeare’s play types – comedies, histories, tragedies etc.

Shakespeare’s Family

Portrait of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife

Brush up on Shakespeare’s family – his parents, siblings and his own three children, alongside in-depth information on Anne Hathaway – Shakespeare’s wife.

The Sonnets

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Need to know what iambic pentameter is, or how to write a sonnet? We also have modern translations of all 154 sonnets (including sonnet 18), and all of Shakespeare’s poems.

Shakespeare’s Characters

Close up picture of Macbeth with bloody face

Studies of Shakespeare’s most loved characters – Lady Macbeth, Caliban, Queen Mab, Laertes, Prospero, Polonius, Friar Laurence, Falstaff, Fortinbras, and many more.

Shakespeare’s Theatres

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Everything to know about each of the London theatres Shakespeare was connected to, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, along with some great Globe Theatre facts.

Shakespearean Insults

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With his insults Shakespeare was most certainly a master of his trade. Try insulting someone in Elizabethan English with this list of Shakespeare insults.

Shakespeare’s Picture

Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare

What did Shakespeare look like? See all of the known portraits and pictures of William Shakespeare – Chandos, Cobbe, Droueshot, Hilliard, Holy Trinity Bust, Saunders – with a description of each.

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Interested in finding out more about the world’s most famous authors? Or drilling down into the best American writers, English authors or Irish authors, plus selections of the very best quotes in literature?

Find all this and more in our section of the website devoted to all thingsall thingsEnglish literature.

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