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Shakespeares Scenes A Glimpse into the Life of an Artist If one is to uncover a common thread between art and life it can only be that of impermanence The impact of constant change becomes as compelling as it is irreversible and thus burrows itself deep within the mind and soul of the artist One then cannot fully understand the art without first understanding the artist Such is the case if one is to truly comprehend Shakespearean themes Though precious little is certain as to the daily idiosyncrasies and inner-workings of the life of William Shakespeare 1564-1614 a great deal is known as to the whole of the playwrights life comprised namely in a single timeline of recorded events Various methods of documentation such as marriage and birth certificates court summonses land deeds and other scholarly accepted items of record speak on the poets behalf Shakespeares lineage baptism marriage fostering of children and death for example are all dutifully recorded in the parish registers and histories of the quaint English village of Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire Additionally what is known of 1ate-16th and early-17th century English life aids in the reconstruction of the playwrights experiences What lies between the infant Shakespeares baptism in late April of 1564 and the renowned poet and playwrights death in 1614 allows one a glimpse into the inner-workings of one of the most prevalent Shakespearean themes that of the divergences and contrasts of separate worlds William Shakespeare was no stranger to separate and divergent worlds There is sufficient documentation to conclude that during the mid- to late-1580s Shakespeare left behind both his home and family to find an alternate life in the city Though some argue that young William had found himself in a bit of disrepute with a local landholder and was forced to relocate others disagree it seems more natural to suppose that he left his native village as a boy to-day leaves a remote country town and goes to
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