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Stratford 2: The Lost Years

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.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


This is an interesting theme that can create a cause to make some studies about the great question : What is that Shakespeare was doing during the lost years? Immediatly we can formulate some other questions about the salary, the emotional situation, the sickness, maybe there was some other troubles that we don't have today. This theme let me a flavor in the mouth to know more about it, there's no doubt.

i read many of comments. i think a few people known the molana, he is called rumi
if anyone had known about this great man , he can know everythings
rumi one of the greatest in the world who can change mind you, many of scientis never understand his books. he writed about life after dead, quantom phisics and something strang. search that on google and read it from wikipedia

very bad conversation, i cant understand many of words. because voices is not clear

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I think that the main inspiration for any writer is the suffering
Most of successful writers had a hard life and they were able to change that suffering into letters , we are reading them now
So , my question that if Shakespeare was a rich and happy man during his life without any challenges , would he give us the same novels with the same sense ?

Hello Khaled,

Great question! I'm afraid I'm not familiar enough with Shakespeare's life to be of much help other than to suggest reading about him a bit more. A good place to start might be the Wikipedia entry on his life.

The other possibility is that your hypothesis about writers isn't completely accurate. What I mean is that, while I'm sure what you say is true for many writers, it might not be true of all writers. Or another way to think about it is that all human beings are bound to suffer.

I wish you luck in investigating this more!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I think everything is inspiration for artist and writer. This could be the people, the environment, or the view from their window. My mother is a great influencer for me and she's the source of inspiration.

I am not sure what really inspires me, I guess it may be the pursuance of knowledge.

I think so that my hometown had inspired to so much singers an dancers because there is the 'salsa" (DANCE) is caracteristic. But many more artists had been inspired for others cities of my country, for example Carlos Vives was Inspired by the sea, the coconut palm, landscapes of the Coast and around.

And I am inspired to do the best person,in first side for myself, and then: for my sons, my grandsons and my family in general.

I think so they are the more important reasons for me actually.


Starting a family in 18 age with three children in 22 I think it could quite difficulty for him spending time on writing.