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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright in the 16th and 17th century. He produced 39 plays,154 sonnets, two narrative poems, and verses that have led to him being regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. His widely popular works, including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth have been translated into every major language and performed as live plays and movies consistently since their creation. His contributions to literature and English culture were so great that a funeral monument was erected and currently stands in Westminster Abbey in London, England.