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Shakespeare Topic Guide: Poetry

Information about all things Shakespeare!

In 1593-1594, while theatres were closed due to the plague, Shakespeare produced many narrative poems

Lover's Complaint (1609)

Passionate Pilgrim (1598)

Phoenix and the Turtle (1601)

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Reccuring themes: love, beauty, death, passion, and mortality

Venus and Adonis by Cambiasco Luca (circa 1593)

Venus and Adonis by Cambiasco Luca


William Shakespeare's Poems and Sonnets:  An overview of the Bard's poetry presented by the British Library. (©1999-2010 Amanda Mabillard).
Shakespeare Online: Examinations of the pervasive themes of light, time, and destiny in Shakespeare's works, a detailed biography of Shakespeare, and analyses of Shakespeare's Sonnets. (©1999-2010 Amanda Mabillard).

The Sonnets: An overview of Shakespeare's Sonnets -- Published in 1609, these masterpieces were the last of Shakespeare's non-dramatic works to be printed. They are praised by critics as a profound meditation on the nature of love, sexual passion, procreation, death, and time. (Dr. Michael Delahoyde of Washington State University).

Shakespeare's Sonnets: This site provides commentary and helpful annotations for all 154 Sonnets. (Copyright 2001-2011 © of this site belongs to Oxquarry Books Lt).

Here you will find the text of each Shakespeare Sonnet, an analysis of each Sonnet, and a translation into contemporary English. Scroll to the bottom of the webpage for links to his longer poems. (©1999-2010 Amanda Mabillard).

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