William Shakespeare
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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 ?

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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 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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