Numbering more than 150, Shakespeare's sonnets have contributed significantly to discussions of the elusive character of the Bard. While most of the poems are addressed to a young man, others invoke the renowned Dark Lady. Each sonnet is interpreted, focusing on language particular to the poem, as well as on how the sonnet form furthers meaning. In addition, Shakespeare's major themes of love and beauty; mutability; and time and immortality are explored.
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LIFE AND BACKGROUND OF THE POET
INTRODUCTION TO THE SONNETS
AN OVERVIEW OF THE SONNETS
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9 through 12 Anne Hathaway appearance argument begins child concluding couplet contrasts critics Dark Lady Dark Lady's death dost doth earlier sonnets emotional eyes fair false fear final couplet four lines Francis Meres Hamnet hath heart imagery immortality Ironically knows last two lines line 12 lines 9 live love's lovers lust marriage means mind Muse narcissism nature night Note phrase physical play poems poet acknowledges poet argues poet asks poet begs poet characterizes poet feels poet seems poet's sonnets poet's verse poetry praise previous sonnet procreation recalls Sonnet refers rejection relationship rival poet says second quatrain sex organ sexual Shakespeare's sonnets shame slander Sonnet 13 Sonnet 21 Sonnet 44 Sonnet 64 sonnet's last soul sweet symbol thee theme thine third quatrain thou art thoughts throughout the sonnet tone true truth usury William Shakespeare winter woman words worth writing young man's beauty youth's affection youth's beauty