There is no record of his birth, but his baptism was recorded by the church, thus his birthday is assumed to be the 23 of April. This collection of sonnets (first printed in 1609) is celebrated as one of the greatest achievements in English poetry. In addition to their date of composition, their correct ordering, and the object of the dedication, the other controversial issue surrounding the sonnets is the question of whether or not they are autobiographical. Philosophizing about time preoccupies the poet, who tells the young man that time and immortality cannot be conquered; however, the youth ignores the poet and seeks other friendships, including one with the poet's mistress (Sonnets 40–42) and another with a rival poet (Sonnets 79–87). The poet blames himself for any wrong the young man has done him and apologizes for his own treatment of his friend. Shakespeare was 37 in the year 1601, and it is possible that this year has some special relevance in relation to the Sonnets. CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF SHAKESPEARE SONNETS B.RAMBABU* P.S.R.CH.L.V.Prasad* _____ INTRODUCTION: William Shakespeare was born to John Shakespeare and mother Mary Arden some time in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. ; The Dark Lady Sonnets (Sonnets 127 - 152): In the second sequence, the poet becomes infatuated with a mysterious woman.Her relationship with the young man is unclear. Sonnets 127 to 152 seem to be addressed to a woman, the so-called ‘Dark Lady’ of Shakespearean legend. Most of Shakespeare’s sonnets are known by their first line rather than their number. The other contender for the object of the dedication is William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke. The narrator of the sonnet describes all the things people agonize over as they grow old. Are you sure you want to remove #bookConfirmation# The Quarto would have lapsed into obscurity for the remainder of the seventeenth century had it not been for the publication of a second edition of Shakespeare's sonnets, brought out by John Benson in 1640. Please consider the environment before printing, All text is © British Library and is available under Creative Commons Attribution Licence except where otherwise stated. Click on the individual number to link to a transcript of the sonnet in its entirety (minus some of the rather curious spellings and punctuation of … Pembroke was wealthy, notorious for his sexual exploits but averse to marriage, and a patron of literary men. Sonnet 130, for example, builds up a paradoxical picture of the speaker’s mistress as defective in all the conventional standards of beauty, but the final couplet remarks that, though all this is true. Sonnet 3: Look In … Shakespeare’s sonnets are composed of 14 lines, and most are divided into three quatrains and a final, concluding couplet, rhyming abab cdcd efef gg. But then, almost unbelievably, the poet begins to think that his newfound silence toward the youth is the reason for the youth's treating him as poorly as he does. He cannot sleep. This sonnet form and rhyme scheme is known as the ‘English’ sonnet. The Shakespearean sonnet, the form of sonnet utilized throughout Shakespeare’s sequence, is divided into four parts. As Sonnet 127 punningly puts it, ‘black was not counted fair’ in Shakespeare’s era, which favoured fair hair and light complexions. W.H.’ The dedication has led to intense speculation: who is ‘W.H.’? In the first large division, Sonnets 1–126, the poet addresses an alluring young man with whom he has struck up a relationship. Benson also interspersed Shakespeare's sonnets with poems written by other people, as well as with other non-sonnet poems written by Shakespeare. The belief that the first 126 sonnets are addressed to a man and that the rest are addressed to a woman has become the prevailing contemporary view. This first major division of sonnets ends with the poet pitiably lamenting his own role in the dissolution of his relationship with the youth. The Sonnets of Shakespeare unfold'from the same theme a situation so strange that we may feel little wonder at the