Sonnets of Shakespeare are a collection of 154 poems written by William Shakespeare. The first seventeen concern the writer’s affection for a young man of rank, urging him to marry to reproduce his beauty. Poems 18-126 form a sequence of 108 poems whose main theme continues to be the young man, but beginning with poem 127 the subject changes to the “dark lady”. A mistress stolen by a friend is the subject of poems 40-42, while poems 78-86 discuss a rival poet.

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