William Shakespeare Poems

William Shakespeare

The Poems of William Shakespeare

  • What Poems did he write?
  • When were the poems published?
  • Why did he publish his poems and not the plays?
  • Who were the poems dedicated to ?
  • Read the poems of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare Poems

THE POEMS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

  • The poems of William Shakespeare are less well known than his plays although his Sonnets are equally as famous
  • During the Elizabethan era playwrights were not considered 'serious' authors
  • But Poets were different - they were considered refined and well educated
  • Most of the poets of Shakespeare's era were well educated Courtiers such as Sir Walter Raleigh and Christopher Marlowe. These poets had credibility and so did their poetry

 

William Shakespeare Index

 

  • William Shakespeare was just a commoner - he lacked credibility - his poems would have helped to improve his image
  • William Shakespeare has been attributed with the following poems:
    • A Lover's Complaint
    • The Phoenix and the Turtle
    • The Rape of Lucrece
    • Venus and Adonis
  • The Passionate Pilgrime (1599) was a poetry collection containing twenty poems by various poets, only five of the poems are attributed to William Shakespeare

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE THE POET

  • Shakespeare had a patron, a man of prominence who would support the young writer in his poetic works
  • His patron was Henry Wriothesley who was the Third Earl of Southampton (1573-1624)
  • Shakespeare published his poem Venus and Adonis on April 18th 1593. The poem was dedicated to Shakespeare's patron, the Earl of Southampton
  • The dedication refers to the author's "unpolisht lines" and contains the typically fawning language of a commoner who hopes to gain more favour by dedicating the poem to a courtier
  • The poem was an artistic success!
  • The Bard did not give permission for one of his plays or his sonnets to be published
  • He was, however, happy to have his poems published!

THE POEMS

William Shakespeare Poems

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