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Rental - Shakespeare's Sonnets - Knowledge Cards

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The vogue for composing sonnets arrived in England in the late sixteenth century. These short verses told a story and were typically dedicated to a lady: standard themes were the lady's coldness and the poet's despair. William Shakespeare's efforts are distinctive in that many of them are admonishments to a young man ( to marry, to procreate, to forswear vanity and cruelty), rather than the more usual expressions of distress or delight attending romantic love. Whomever they were intended for, the forty-eight sonnets in this deck deftly, delicately convey the spirit's confrontation with time, change, death, love, lust, and beauty.