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 pro-create, 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.
Discover the heights of historic wit and wisdom in this stimulating compilation. An inspiration to the writer, philosopher, dreamer, student, teacher, or language lover, this deck is sure to spark the imagination, and may even inspire you to feats of personal creation.
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