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    Download PDF books war to postpone a bill that would tax the church, and soldiers expecting to reap profits from the conflict Even in the speeches of Henry and his nobles, there are many chilling references to the human cost of warThe authoritative edition of Henry V from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to the play s famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books An annotated guide to further reading."/>
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  • Henry V
  • William Shakespeare
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  • 15 October 2019
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  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Henry V Wars of the Roses 4 , William ShakespeareHenry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written near 1599 It tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt 1415 during the Hundred Years War 1993 1371 202 1384 9643415333 1393 9789 Henry V Wars of the Roses 4 , William ShakespeareHenry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written near 1599 It tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt 1415 during the Hundred Years War 1993 1371 202 1384 9643415333 1393 9789643415334 1387 1422 16 159914151944 1989


  2. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    Sure, it s a jingoistic pageant, but it s a great jingoistic pageant, and besides it is the most melancholy,ironic, self aware and laugh filled jingoistic pageant ever staged In Act V, Henry tells Katherine that together they will produce a son, and that this warlike paragon of chivalry will march to the Holy Land and take the Turk by the beard Yet we should know and Shakespeare s audience certainly knew that this boy would grow up to be Henry VI, the sickly, prayerful unstable man who Sure, it s a jingoistic pageant, but it s a great jingoistic pageant, and besides it is the most melancholy,ironic, self aware and laugh filled jingoistic pageant ever staged In Act V, Henry tells Katherine that together they will produce a son, and that this warlike paragon of chivalry will march to the Holy Land and take the Turk by the beard Yet we should know and Shakespeare s audience certainly knew that this boy would grow up to be Henry VI, the sickly, prayerful unstable man who lost England s hold on France forever and precipitated the Wars of the Roses This play celebrates the wheel of time and the apotheosis of the golden warrior king whom that wheel s many revolutions in the course if the preceding ten acts of Henry IV has produced And yet it never ceases to be conscious of the fact that success is always fleeting and that not even majesty itself, no matter how magnificent it may be, can last forever


  3. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    A young dynamic king, in his late twenties very ambitious wants and needs to become ruler of two significant nations, the King , Henry v , of England, by a dubious claim has come to conqueror France in the name of peace he destroys His father, Henry IV, an usurper murdered his own first cousin to gain the throne, a traitor for sure, however winners write the history books an are accepted as heroes, it will always be this Nevertheless dies from a horrible disease soon after, justice maybe A young dynamic king, in his late twenties very ambitious wants and needs to become ruler of two significant nations, the King , Henry v , of England, by a dubious claim has come to conqueror France in the name of peace he destroys His father, Henry IV, an usurper murdered his own first cousin to gain the throne, a traitor for sure, however winners write the history books an are accepted as heroes, it will always be this Nevertheless dies from a horrible disease soon after, justice maybe But a conspiracy develops to assassinate the English sovereign before even leaving Southampton on his quest The determined son must overcome not a good looking man, or as noble as he is portrayed here in fact, no charmer still a great military leader, the royal women aren t quite, let us be frank pun intended attracted to, doesn t write poetry or dance wellrequires respect some other way, but has a passion for greatness and by slaughter This can be achieved, only many will perish , as the past and unforeseen days to come relentlessly shows a few men s, dark dreams demolish the numerous other ones The huge foreign army from across the nearby stormy channel, marches on victorious and unstoppable, relentlessly, bloodily, yet a little uncomfortable, what are they doing here One man s desirethe seemingly endless hundred years war continues forever Charles v1, the mad, a very capable monarch of France, when not insane doesn t appear a lot in Shakespeare s play Henry V, not in best of shape in 1415 A great , famous , though brutal battle to determine the future of these two mighty nations is fast approaching, Agincourt, Henry s family gives him loyal support, brothers and uncles, cousins take a major role, he trusts themwith his life The French are fatally overconfident, chiefly the Dauphin historically inaccurate and future ruler of his country , he believes, not technically in command of French forces, the Constable of France is , still very influential with anumerous, powerful army on their own land, the people hate the invaders, how can they lose And all because William the Conqueror of Normandy, a foreigner from ironically France, in 1066, stole the English crown from the rightful, native king Soldiers not law, make everything possible Or the beautiful daughter of King Charles, Catherine could marry Henry and settle the conflict And Joan of Arc, The Maid of Orleans, won t arrive on the scene for almost 15 yearsThe Bard of Avon , William Shakespeare s the magnificent, the peerlessbetter plays, written over 400 years ago, imagine What is moral the perennial question asked and probably the answer never entirely satisfies everyone, rememberpeople wear different shades of clothes


  4. Leonard Gaya Leonard Gaya says:

    Henry V is indeed the grand finale of Shakespeare s second historical tetralogy, right after Henry IV, Part 2 So here, exit Falstaff, whose death is recounted by Mistress Quickly in the first act, and we are now in the presence of a conquering and warlike Harry , who is like chalk and cheese when compared with his former self, the dissolute Prince Hal A few of Falstaff and Hal s companions remain however on the battlefield and provide some colourful moments Henry V is an incredibly dynamic pl Henry V is indeed the grand finale of Shakespeare s second historical tetralogy, right after Henry IV, Part 2 So here, exit Falstaff, whose death is recounted by Mistress Quickly in the first act, and we are now in the presence of a conquering and warlike Harry , who is like chalk and cheese when compared with his former self, the dissolute Prince Hal A few of Falstaff and Hal s companions remain however on the battlefield and provide some colourful moments Henry V is an incredibly dynamic play, performed at the very opening of the Globe this wooden O , but feels, in retrospect, as if it had been written for the big screen the action leaps in space from one act to the next, from London to Southampton, to Harfleur, to Paris, to Agincourt, back to England and back again to France So much so, that Shakespeare felt the need to add a Chorus, who, like the rolling billboards at the beginning of each Star Wars episode, provides some context and clarity to a possibly inattentive or disoriented audience In fact, Shakespeare boldly tramples all the rules of Aristotle s Poetics underfoot, just as Harry successfully rides roughshod over all rules of military strategy.Then, there is this effervescence of languages, as the story of Henry V spans across most of Europe Scotland Jamy , Ireland MacMorris , Wales Fluellen , England the court of Henry V , France the court of Charles VI , Bavaria and Milan the Queen of France , Burgundy the Duke Philip the Good The blending of accents and idioms and the misunderstandings that follow are absolutely toe curling and quite often uproarious I am guessing that, had Shakespeare lived in our time, he most probably would have drawn a great tragicomedy out of the present Brexit situation Finally, unlike most of Shakespeare s Histories, which in essence are tragedies, Henry V is fundamentally an epic poem More than in any other play, there are moments in it of absolutely breathtaking heroic flight There is the gripping scene before the walls of Harfleur, of course Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide, Hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit To his full height III,1 Above all, there is the famous St Crispin s Day speech, just before the battlefield at Agincourt And Crispin Crispian shall ne er go by From this day to the ending of the world IV,3 This text is indeed shorter, but entirely on the level, in my opinion, of even the Bhagavad Gita, another divine address ahead of an epic battle Apparently, this sort of eve of battle speech later became a prerequisite in epic stories, especially in movies from Chaplin s Great Dictator to The Return of the King, Braveheart, Gladiator, 300, The Deathly Hallows, Game of Thrones, and many others not to mention the great military and political speeches recorded throughout recent history, from Winston Churchill, to Charles de Gaulle, to JFK EditJust watched the cinematic adaptation of this play within the Hollow Crown series, with Tom Hiddleston best known as Loki in the Avengers movies as the title role His performance is remarkable he delivers the Azincourt locker room speech in the gentlest, simplest, almost hopeless manner, which makes it a real tear jerker Loved it Edit 2Just watched The King, the epic movie with Thimot e Chalamet, recently released on Netflix The film covers the period between Hotspur s rebellion see King Henry IV, Part 1 in Shakespeare and the Treaty of Troyes in Shakespeare s Henry V Director David Mich d distances himself quite a bit from Shakespeare s play, in the plot case in point Falstaff is one of Henry s major strategists at Agincourt in the movie, whereas he was already long dead in Shakespeare s play The tone is quite different as well when Henry V is, for the most part, a heroic play, The King feels like a dark conspiracy drama Chalamet as a gloomy English King and Pattinson as a ridiculous French Dauphin are both outstanding The visual depiction of the battle of Agincourt is a major highlight the tactics are extremely well laid out, and the mayhem and horrific aspects of hand to hand battle and stampede in the bog a sort of super gritty and bloody rugby scrum are indeed awe inspiring


  5. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    On my initial read, this was likely my least favorite of the long cycle of plays from Edward III to Richard III But with time, my opinion has improved It starts and ends with a chorus and is primarily about Henry V s short, violent reign, his defeat of the French at Agincourt, and his death I realize the Harry was a mighty warrior, but his tendency to kill every man, woman, and child after a battle wore on me The best moment for me was when he is disguised and circulating among his troops H On my initial read, this was likely my least favorite of the long cycle of plays from Edward III to Richard III But with time, my opinion has improved It starts and ends with a chorus and is primarily about Henry V s short, violent reign, his defeat of the French at Agincourt, and his death I realize the Harry was a mighty warrior, but his tendency to kill every man, woman, and child after a battle wore on me The best moment for me was when he is disguised and circulating among his troops He has become farintrospective than the brash, party animal he was with Falstaff by his side in Henry IV Part 1 All in all, it must be said that this is a very patriotic play Framed by Chorus, it plays out like a Greek tragedy for the French and ends with a mariage The opening and closing were very memorable, as was the off stage death of Falstaff.Of the various Shakespearean kings, Henry V is probably the most idealized as a warrior Before the battle in Act 3, scene i, we get the famous pep talk Onceunto the breach, dear friends, onceOr close the wall up with our English dead.In peace there s nothing so becomes a manAs modest stillness and humility But when the blast of war blows in our ears,Then imitate the action of the tiger Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,Disguise fair nature with hard favour d rage Then lend the eye a terrible aspect Let pry through the portage of the headLike the brass cannon let the brow o erwhelm itAs fearfully as doth a galled rockO erhang and jutty his confounded base,Swill d with the wild and wasteful ocean.Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,Hold hard the breath and bend up every spiritTo his full height On, on, you noblest English.Whose blood is fet from fathers of war proof Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,Have in these parts from morn till even foughtAnd sheathed their swords for lack of argument Dishonour not your mothers now attestThat those whom you call d fathers did beget you.Be copy now to men of grosser blood,And teach them how to war And you, good yeoman,Whose limbs were made in England, show us hereThe mettle of your pasture let us swearThat you are worth your breeding which I doubt not For there is none of you so mean and base,That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,Straining upon the start The game s afoot Follow your spirit, and upon this chargeCry God for Harry, England, and Saint George He disguises himself to walk among the soldiers and gauge the moral before the battle Here is is reflecting on his thoughts of being a king and yet still a man I think the King is but a man as I am The violet smells to him as it doth to me His ceremonies laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man.Henry V, Act 4 scene iHe gives another good and incredibly famous pep talk before the battle as well We few, we happy few, we band of brothers For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother be he ne er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition And gentlemen in England now abed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin s day.Henry V, Act 4, scene iiiOne thing that was particularly curious about this play was the off color humor and the jabs at the French accent The most famous part is Act 3, scene iv where Alice, a servant, is teaching English to Princess Katharine and they use some rude expressions KATHARINE.Ainsi dis je, d elbow, de nick, et de sin Comment appelez vous le pied et la robe ALICE.De foot, madame et de coun.KATHARINE.De foot et de coun O Seigneur Dieu ils sont les mots de son mauvais, corruptible, gros, et impudique, et non pour les dames d honneur d user Je ne voudrais prononcer ces mots devant les seigneurs de France pour tout le monde Foh le foot et le coun N anmoins, je r citerai une autre fois ma le on ensemble d hand, de fingres, de nails, d arm, d elbow, de nick, de sin, de foot, de coun.Note that in French slang, foot is pronounced foutre and means sperm or the sexual act and coun is equivalent to cunt More details on this blog is a later section that is pretty funny which makes fun of the French accent KING HENRY.I said so, dear Katharine and I must not blush to affirm it.KATHARINE.O bon Dieu les langues des hommes sont pleines de tromperies.KING HENRY.What says she, fair one That the tongues of men are full of deceits ALICE.Oui, dat de tongues of de mans is be full of deceits dat is de Princess.Henry V, Act 5, scene iiiI found it entertaining to see that even old Will, albeit early in his career, was poking fun at the French accent And, in retrospect, it lets us see, ever briefly, the charming, fun loving Harry in a playful mood after the brutality of the battlefield.The Hollow Crown from 2012 2013 ended their first season with a marvelous 2h18m rendition which truly shone light on the text for me Hiddleston was an excellent Henry V and all the characters were well cast The battle scene was impressive Before moving on to Henry VI, I am watching both Laurence Olivier s 1944 version as well as Kenneth Branagh s 1989 version


  6. Bradley Bradley says:

    Do I hear the drums of war Hal has drawn all the attention away from divided England with a time honored ploy of kings of any unsure stripe Let s kick the shit out of France Even though Henry V is a bright light and his fortunes burn ever brighter, it s hard to go through this story without feeling a lot of heavy sorrow for how he burned up his friends in his rise and how he shed no tears as he learned of all his youthful adventurer s deaths, save one, and he was only a boy in a skirmish aft Do I hear the drums of war Hal has drawn all the attention away from divided England with a time honored ploy of kings of any unsure stripe Let s kick the shit out of France Even though Henry V is a bright light and his fortunes burn ever brighter, it s hard to go through this story without feeling a lot of heavy sorrow for how he burned up his friends in his rise and how he shed no tears as he learned of all his youthful adventurer s deaths, save one, and he was only a boy in a skirmish after the war had been won.Truly, this play is the rock star legend played in blood, honor, and glory He burns so bright that he snuffs himself out in practically no time Who knows what kind of king he would have been had he lived to know his son shiver What kinds of tragedies might have been avoided, such as losing France, sending England into a 30 year civil strife, and so much grief and poverty, besides And yet, this is the story of the greatest King of England, the one that captures all our hearts and minds, and me, I m not even English and I don t particularly care a whiff for royalty at all Henry IV part 1 Yet herein will I imitate the sun,Who doth permit the base contagious cloudsTo smother up his beauty from the world,That, when he please again to be himself,Being wanted, he may bewondered atBy breaking through the foul and ugly mistOf vapors that did seem to strangle him The sun shook off the base clouds, indeed, to clothed the world in his naked splendor, seeing Falstaff dead by hanging and nearly all his chums in the ground Is his early death his fate for having dishonored the dishonorable sigh


  7. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers For he to day that sheds his blood with me, shall be my brotherWilliam Shakespeare, Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3It is hard to find fault with Henry V It isn t Shakespeare s BEST, but his best are almost mythicly high and unassailable But Henry V is pretty damn good and it owns one of the greatsest and most memorable monologues ever Hal s St Crispin s Day speech It also hasFrench imbeded into it than any other Shakespeare play than I can thiWe few, we happy few, we band of brothers For he to day that sheds his blood with me, shall be my brotherWilliam Shakespeare, Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3It is hard to find fault with Henry V It isn t Shakespeare s BEST, but his best are almost mythicly high and unassailable But Henry V is pretty damn good and it owns one of the greatsest and most memorable monologues ever Hal s St Crispin s Day speech It also hasFrench imbeded into it than any other Shakespeare play than I can think of So, while I applaud the Tennis diplomacy scene, I m not a huge fan of the Katherine learning English from Alice Meh Not every serve goes over the net Will But still, taken as a whole it is a great play The Battle of Agincourt is high drama and seems to match the drum of the audiences heart with the drum beat of war Everytime I read Act 4 I feel moved, inspired, transfixed Shakespeare might not have caught Livy as the world s greatest composer of fictionalized historical speeches, but he was definitely a gifted second to Livy Some of my favorite linesfor coward dogsMost spend their mouths when what they seem to threaten runs far before themAct 2, Scene 3In peace there s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, Disguise fair nature with hard favour d rageAct 3, Scene 1I am afeard there are few die well that die in battle for how can they charitably dispose of anything when blood is their argumentAct 4, Scene 1There is some soul of goodness in things evil,Would men observingly distill it outAct 4, Scene 1Let life be short, else shame will be too longAct 4, Scene 5Nice customs curtsy to great kingsAct 5, Scene 2


  8. Trish Trish says:

    If ever I had to have a crush on an actual English King, it might have been Henry V It probably would have been in vain since he doesn t seem to have had much affection for anyone but who cares The scandalous youth vanished some time before Henry IV died and when Henry V was crowned king, he showed the world.Hal has become a stern but fair ruler who apparently didn t smile or only slightly and not very often and was a cunning politician who made sure England s treasury was refilled But this If ever I had to have a crush on an actual English King, it might have been Henry V It probably would have been in vain since he doesn t seem to have had much affection for anyone but who cares The scandalous youth vanished some time before Henry IV died and when Henry V was crowned king, he showed the world.Hal has become a stern but fair ruler who apparently didn t smile or only slightly and not very often and was a cunning politician who made sure England s treasury was refilled But this play is not about the whole history of Henry V Instead, we begin when his fleet sets out to France You see, His Majesty a term introduced by Richard II by the way wanted to grab the Turks by their beards but conquering lands in France was apressing matter and probably cheaper too, although the re opening of the Hundred Years War was costly enough Right at the beginning the play deals with an assassination attempt that actually took place Some of you might know the phrase Onceunto the breach, dear friends it s from this play There are quite a few battles Henry has to fight, but none as remarkable as Agincourt that immortalized Henry V The English were vastly outnumbered but Henry proved to be a fantastic fighter himself but also a brilliant strategist The play also shows how the king, the night before the battle at Agincourt, walks amongst his soldiers to ensure their motivation according to historical records, Henry V really did care about his people, the soldiers as much as the noblemen and even the poor The battle is won and what does a happy victor do afterwards Right, wooing a girl In this case Catherine de Valois The play funnily illustrates the difficulty of courtship even for a victorious king by playing the neither spoke the other s language card Not very realistic but it was good fun.Since Charles VI the then French king is quite weak, it doesn t take long until Henry V is proclaimed his heir The play almost ends here, were it not for a sort of epilogue foreshadowing what will happen after Henry V s death the loss of French territory and bad reign of his infant son.More of that in my reviews about Henry VI 3 parts in total however.This is definitely my favourite of Shakespeare s histories so far Probably because Henry V is such a great character The real life king must have been a sight to behold An impeccable knight with wonderful manners, very intelligent, stern but just, swoons This play brings out the best im him, naturally, and only focuses on what went right in Henry s campaign in France which was quite a lot, the number of territories he conquered is staggering Too bad the end sort of diminished that but only almost As for the play itself all is well that ends well


  9. James Tivendale James Tivendale says:

    This is probably my favourite Shakespeare play As always the language and poetry is amazing I love reading Shakespeare as I often find my head swaying in time to the rhythm of the verse I sometime speak it out loud too and hope I don t wake up my sleeping father lol This is one of the longest Shakespeare plays I have read however he is presenting an important period in the history of Britain A key point in the War of the Roses.Henry V, with his great granddad Edward III are my favourite Br This is probably my favourite Shakespeare play As always the language and poetry is amazing I love reading Shakespeare as I often find my head swaying in time to the rhythm of the verse I sometime speak it out loud too and hope I don t wake up my sleeping father lol This is one of the longest Shakespeare plays I have read however he is presenting an important period in the history of Britain A key point in the War of the Roses.Henry V, with his great granddad Edward III are my favourite British monarchs for their patriotism, warrior like rule and the need to expand this great nation of ours This mainly depicts the build up to, the battle of and the aftermath of Agincourt 1415 I have read some of his plays where he despises his main characters such as Richard III in the play of the same name and Achilles in Trolius and Cressida I think Henry V Shakespeare truly respected for his great legacy and it shows in the writing I don t think he has written such an honourable character It is mainly about the royals of England and there counterparts in France but also follows different soldier ranks to to see the battle from numerous perspectives It also contains a few comedy moments, such as Henry dressing up as a soldier to see what the army really think of him Some of the monologues are amazing and motivational regarding the war which really heightens the legendary status that Shakespeare is presenting I might now watch the BBC version of this featuring Tom Hiddlestone as the titular character to see how it compares to how I envisaged it in my mind of course I want to see this at the Royal Shakespeare society in Stratford as soon as possible.Onceunto the breach my friend, onceJames x www.youandi.wordpress.com


  10. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Henry V is often quite disturbing at times, but in my opinion it s one of Shakespeare s best and most original plays.


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Henry V❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Henry V Author William Shakespeare – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Henry V is Shakespeare s most famous war play it includes the storied English victory over the French at Agincourt Some of it glorifies war, especially the choruses and Henry s speeches urging his tro Henry V is Shakespeare s most famous war play it includes the storied English victory over the French at Agincourt Some of it glorifies war, especially the choruses and Henry s speeches urging his troops into battle But we also hear bishops conniving for war to postpone a bill that would tax the church, and soldiers expecting to reap profits from the conflict Even in the speeches of Henry and his nobles, there are many chilling references to the human cost of warThe authoritative edition of Henry V from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to the play s famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books An annotated guide to further reading.


About the Author: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare baptised April was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of plays, sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performedoften than those of any other playwrightShakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s DayAt the age of he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between and he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around , where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by othersShakespeare produced most of his known work between and His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about , including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in , two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare sShakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the worldAccording to historians, Shakespeare wrote plays and sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was plays a year since he first started writing in There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.