Shakespeare's plays are divided into the histories, the dramas or tragedies, and the comedies. He also wrote poems - for which he was first acclaimed - narrative poems, and perhap 512 sonnets. In his lifetime, Shakespeare had more popular success with his histories whereas today Hamlet and King Lear are more revered.
Shakespeare's series of four plays telling the story of four English Kings Henry VI to Richard III led the way for audiences wondering who would succeed Elizabeth I. As for the comedies, the humour of a situation of conflict is still funny today, with lovers misled about who or what their beloved is.
The Winter's Tale and The Tempest Shakespeare combines a mixture of comic and tragic styles, incorporating elements of both romance and realism in a manner which differs distinctly from the style of his earlier plays.