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Who is Shakespeare's dark lady? Twenty-four of Shakespeare's sonnets are addressed to a woman. We have little information about this woman, except for a description the poet gives of her over the course of the poems. Shakespeare describes her as 'a woman color'd ill', with black eyes and coarse black hair. Thus, she has come to be known as the "dark lady. Some also consider William Davenant's mother to be the dark lady, but only because Davenant claimed to be Shakespeare's illegitimate son.

To find out what the poet thinks about the dark lady, please see the analysis of Sonnet , Sonnet , and Sonnet Were Shakespeare's sonnets about his love for another man? Shakespeare's early sonnets are indeed about his love for another man. But whether this means without a doubt that Shakespeare was gay is a different matter. It was not uncommon for men in Elizabethan England to express their deep love and affection for male friends. Moreover, the only sexual relations mentioned in the sonnets are between the poet and his mistress for more on this please see the commentary for Sonnet Of course, it is just as likely the poet could not express overtly his sexual desire for the young man due to societal stigma.

For a look at the nature of the poet's feelings for the young man, please see the commentary for Sonnets and, in particular, the analysis of the hotly-debated Sonnet 20 , in which the poet refers to the young man as "master-mistress of my passion.

Many scholars have tried to find a logical order in the sonnets but none of them have been completely successful. The events in the sonnets are barely outlined.

We can make an educated guess, but we will likely never know for sure. For a detailed examination of this topic, please see the article, The Order of the Sonnets. What were the two long narrative poems Shakespeare wrote that were published between and ?

During those years Venus and Adonis and the Rape of Lucrece were published. Are all the Sonnets addressed to two Persons?

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A casual reference in literature to a person, place, event, or another passage of literature, often without explicit identification. Allusions can originate in mythology, biblical references, historical events, legends, geography, or earlier literary works.

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These are the literary terms to know for the reading of Romeo and Juliet in our language arts class at Madeira Middle School in Cincinnati, Ohio. reference to a well known literary work, person, historical event, or piece of art Hyperbole dramatic overstatement for effect Imagery descriptive language that evokes a mental picture in the reader's mind Caesura a pause used for effect THEME VERSUS MOTIF motif theme The main idea of .

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