What inspired Shakespeare to write? Ben Crystal continues his visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, learning about Shakespeare's education, marriage and the 'lost years' before he moved to London.



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Upper intermediate: B2


The place Stratford-upon-Avon was an amazing place when Shakespeare was born. Its nature, people of different trades,lakes,rivers,grass and herbs and all the localities that inspired my favourite writer, Shakespeare to writing.

This is a very interesting video which helps you to contextualise Shakespeare´plays

Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birth place is a country side. He liked the rivers, trees and nature and it inspired him


Will Shakespeare is one of my favourit writer and he was inspired by the nature and landscape of his town. I m inspired by the winter sea or a wonderful scenery from the top of the mountain.

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hello, can you open the videos now? because I can't open on a laptop either.

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Dear friends , this video is good work and very interesting story about famous writer an the world. Thank you.