Lefteris Pitarakis, Associated Press
A portrait of William Shakespeare, presented by the Shakespeare Birthplace trust, is seen in central London, Monday March 9, 2009.

Wednesday marks the 450th birthday of playwright and poet William Shakespeare, who was born in 1564 in Stratford upon Avon in England and went on to become one of the most celebrated writers in history.

Check out this graphic examining some highlights surrounding Shakespeare, his plays, his poems and his life.