Shakespeare`s literary work is usually divided into three periods. The first period of his creative work falls between 1590 and 1600. Shakespeare`s comedies belong to the first period of his creative work. They all are written in his playful manner and in the brilliant poetry that conveys the spectator to Italy. Some of the first plays of the first period are: «Richard 3» (1592), «The comedy of errors» (1592), «Romeo and Juliet» (1594), «Julius Caesar» (1599), «As you like it» (1599), 1600 — «Twelfth night». Shakespeare`s poems are also attributed to the first period, «Venus and Adonis» and «Lucre», and 154 sonnets. «Venus and Adonis» was the first of Shakespeare`s works that came off the press. The second period of Shakespeare`s creative work during from 1600 to 1608. His famous tragedies appeared at this time. In the plays of this period the dramatist reaches his full maturity. He presents great humans problems. His tragedies and historical plays made Shakespeare the greatest humanist of the English Renaissance. Some plays of the second period: 1601 — «Hamlet», 1604 — «Othello».Shakespeare`s plays of the third period are called the «Romantic dramas». There is no tragic tension in these plays. This period lasted from 1609 till 1612.