William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) is the most influential writer in English history. Shakespeare has been called The Barb of Avon and England's national poet. There are 2 narrative poems, 154 sonnets and 38 plays in his collected works. He began work as an actor and writer in London first writing comedies and historic plays. He later wrote tragedies. Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Othello are some of his more famous plays. Two Gentlemen of Verona is a romantic comedy about two sets of lovers. The infidelity of one of the gentleman leads to complications and temporary heartbreak, but the constancy of one woman brings her success in love.