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Comparison of 2 Poems Mid Term Break by Seamus Heaney and Shall I Compare Thee to a Summers Day by William Shakespeare Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in a small agricultural town in county Derry In 1957 he went to Queens University in Belfast where he studied literature He returned to Queens in 1965 as a lecturer In 1972 Heaney moved to the Republic of Ireland because of the bitterness between Catholics and Protestants in the North He taught at Carysfort College in Dublin from 1975 to 1980 He also taught at Harvard University Massachusetts and Cambridge England His poetry is mainly concentrated upon his childhood years in Northern Ireland The greatest achievement so far in his life is that he received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995 William Shakespeare is recognised the world over as being the greatest playwright dramatists and writer of all time He was born in 1564 and baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire England He was the third of eight children and the eldest son He apprenticed his father as a glove maker but because of declines in business it would no longer be commercially viable for him to take over his fathers business In 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway who was the daughter of a local farmer to whom he had a daughter in 1583 and twins a boy and a girl in 1585 The boy did not survive By 1592 William Shakespeare had attained success as an actor and playwright in London His Sonnets and poems written between 1593 and 1609 also established him as a gifted and popular poet of the Renaissance Shakespeares poetic efforts include a series of one hundred and fifty four Sonnets in which he developed the Shakespearean sonnet as a new poetic form arranged as three quatrains and a single rhyming couplet The Sonnets describe the devotion of a character which is often the poet himself to a young lady
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