04 Feb 2022

TNPSC General English – About the Dramatists

TNPSC General English: About the Dramatists – William Shakespeare & Thomas Hardy

TNPSC Group 4 General English consists of three parts. Part A: Grammer, Part B: Literature, and Part C: Authors and their Literary Works. In this section, we discuss the third Authors and their Literary Works part. Actually, the Authors and their Literary Works part is easy & students who are preparing for TNPSC Exams can easily score maximum marks in this part. So, we provide the TNPSC General English Study Material – Authors and their Literary Works in an easy way for the TNPSC aspirants.

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TNPSC General English Study Materials – About the Dramatists:

William Shakespeare

    •  William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born at Stratford-on-Avon and was educated at the free Stratford Grammar School.
    • There is no authentic documentation of his early life.
    • He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and moved to London in 1586 to become an actor, poet, dramatist, and theatre manager.
    • His well-known comedies are A Mid-summer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado About Nothing, while his outstanding tragedies are Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, among many more.
    • The first collected edition of Shakespeare’s sonnets appeared in 1609.
  • There are totally 154 sonnets and the major themes of these sonnets include the destructive power of time, the permanence of poetry (art), triangular love, and the analysis of amorous emotion (love).
  • It has to be noted that apart from these 154 sonnets Shakespeare also wrote two long poems titled ‘Venus and Adonis’ and ‘The Rape of Lucrece’.

Thomas Hardly

  •  Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928) was both a novelist and a poet. In his novels, he depicted people striving against overwhelming odds within a society that was uncaring. However, he sought to improve society.
  • Hardy’s poetry marks a bridge between the Victorian Age and the Modernist movement of the twentieth century.
  • Hardy’s use of ‘non-poetic’ language and odd rhymes, coupled with his fatalistic outlook, was both a source and inspiration to numerous twentieth-century writers.

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