Shakespeare turns the traditional idea of a romantic sonnet on its head in this series, however, as his Dark Lady is not an alluring beauty and does not exhibit the perfection that lovers typically ascribe to their beloved. His sonnets vary its configurations and effects repeatedly. The first segment of Shakespeare’s sonnets has become known as the fair youth sonnets. Expectedly, the relationship between the youth and this new poet greatly upsets the sonnets' poet, who lashes out at the young man and then retreats into despondency, in part because he feels his poetry is lackluster and cannot compete with the new forms of poetry being written about the youth. A: An answer to this question may wish to focus on the fair lord sonnets, as they offer more room for creativity. Some erotically celebrate the ‘master mistress of my passion’ (Sonnet 20), while others reflect upon the ‘lovely boy’ (Sonnet 126) as a cause of anguish, as the speaker desperately wishes for his behaviour to be different to the cruelty that it sometimes is. Hannah Crawforth explores how Shakespeare used and radically changed the conventions of love poetry, and how modern poets have reinvented his Sonnets for themselves. They've been a source of inspiration, mystery and intrigue probably since the day they were first published as a complete sequence in 1609. Sonnet 2: When Forty Winters Shall Besiege Thy Brow. 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. William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets in total. The sonnets were probably written, and perhaps revised, between the early 1590s and about 1605. The dramatis personae.are the usual three--two friends and the woman who comes between them--the strangeness lles in the perspective of the story Despondent over the youth's treatment of him, desperately the poet views with pain and sorrow the ultimate corrosion of time, especially in relation to the young man's beauty. It is not just the beauty and power of individual sonnets that engage us, but the story that their sequence seems to tell about Shakespeare's love life, whenever one reads the Sonnets in the order in which they appear in the 1609 Quarto. The rhyme scheme of the quatrains is abab cdcd efef. The Fair Youth Sonnets (Sonnets 1 - 126): The first group of sonnets is addressed to a young man with whom the poet has a deep friendship. Shakespeare featured many themes and subjects in his sonnets, and his works in this poetic form are arguably the most famous in English literature. In May of 1609, Thomas Thorpe walked down Ave Maria Lane and registered his publication of SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS at the London Stationer’s Register. 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. This first major division of sonnets ends with the poet pitiably lamenting his own role in the dissolution of his relationship with the youth. It was the year in which The Phoenix and the Turtle was published, a strange enigmatic work which also has love as its theme. The Sonnets of Shakespeare unfold'from the same theme a situation so strange that we may feel little wonder at the