To my mind, the best play ever written! It was originally a Scandanavian epic that had been around awhile, and he put his own twist on it in a highly polished manner. It is so well thought out; everything interconnects. It has it all: irony (how Claudius gets his just desserts in the end), comedy, poetry, fantastic drama (with good old-fashioned revenge as well!), mystery, philosophy (some parts are very existential: why don't we just end it all when we're tired of it all? Because we fear the unknown aspect of our death), and the constant threat of an oncoming threat. It doesn't get better than this methinks!