William Shakespeare: Biography, Quotes, Plays, Facts, Education, Influence (2003)


William Shakespeare's influence extends from theatre and literature to present-day movies, Western philosophy, and the English language itself. About the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195160932/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0195160932&linkCode=as2&tag=tra0c7-20&linkId=3c5d4b21481e74994e000984aa8e8c8a

He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the history of the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. Shakespeare transformed European theatre by expanding expectations about what could be accomplished through innovation in characterization, plot, language and genre. Shakespeare's writings have also impacted a large number of notable novelists and poets over the years, including Herman Melville and Charles Dickens, and continue to influence new authors even today. Shakespeare is the most quoted writer in the history of the English-speaking world after the various writers of the Bible; many of his quotations and neologisms have passed into everyday usage in English and other languages.

Shakespeare is cited as an influence on a large number of writers in the following centuries, including major novelists such as Herman Melville,[8] Charles Dickens,[9] Thomas Hardy[20] and William Faulkner.[21] Examples of this influence include the large number of Shakespearean quotations throughout Dickens' writings[22] and the fact that at least 25 of Dickens' titles are drawn from Shakespeare,[23] while Melville frequently used Shakespearean devices, including formal stage directions and extended soliloquies, in Moby-Dick.[24] In fact, Shakespeare so influenced Melville that the novel's main antagonist, Captain Ahab, is a classic Shakespearean tragic figure, "a great man brought down by his faults."[8] Shakespeare has also influenced a number of English poets, especially Romantic poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge who were obsessed with self-consciousness, a modern theme Shakespeare anticipated in plays such as Hamlet.[25] Shakespeare's writings were so influential to English poetry of the 1800s that critic George Steiner has called all English poetic dramas from Coleridge to Tennyson "feeble variations on Shakespearean themes."

Shakespeare's writings greatly influenced the entire English language. Prior to and during Shakespeare's time, the grammar and rules of English were not standardized.[26] But once Shakespeare's plays became popular in the late seventeenth and eighteenth century, they helped contribute to the standardization of the English language, with many Shakespearean words and phrases becoming embedded in the English language, particularly through projects such as Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language which quoted Shakespeare more than any other writer.[27] He expanded the scope of English literature by introducing new words and phrases,[28] experimenting with blank verse, and also introducing new poetic and grammatical structures. He also inspired modern terms commonly used in the twenty-first century: the term "swag" was in fact used in "Othello" during act VII line 12, "I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at; for thy beauty swags the heavens for I am not what I am".




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