Shakespeare's Sonnet Series - Mister Ambrose

Shakespeare's Sonnet Series - Mister Ambrose

Shakespeares Sonnet Series 154 poems Themes: love, beauty, politics, morality First published in a 1609 collection Shakespeares name is hyphenated (Shakespeare) at bottom of every page, sparking controversy over whether or not he actually

wrote the poems Some believe the sonnets are autobiographical, others think they are works of fiction Structure Sonnets 1-17: procreation sonnets written to

a young man, urging him to marry Sonnets 18-126: express poets love for a young man. Some say it is platonic, others say romantic Sonnets 127-152: express love for poets mistress Sonnets 153-154: allegories

Characters Fair Youth: the young man Dark Lady: woman poet had an affair with, has dark hair Rival Poet: some think he is Christopher Marlowe

Historical Significance Violated many sonnet rules of the time: themes other than love, political events, making fun of other poets This paved the way for future poets Some think series is a parody of Petrarchs

form, with Dark Lady being the stereotypical Fair Lady and a male muse rather than a female one Now analyze Sonnet 18!

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