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Songdechakraiwut 1 Tananun Songdechakraiwut Professor Jutta Schamp English 2 May 16, 2011 Exploring Love Through Shakespeare The Shakespearean sonnets are devoted to love with the 1-126, devoted to the friendship between the poet and a young man whom modern critics refer to as the ‘Fair Youth’. Sonnet 18 ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ is devoted to the love he feels towards this Fair Youth. What is this love? Is it a sexual love or a platonic love? Is this the love born of friendship or of passion? This has been a highly debated topic throughout history with scholars taking sides and producing arguments to support their theories of Shakespeare’s relationship with the Fair Youth. Furthermore Shakespeare proposes a highly idealistic and romanticized view that love is undying, eternal and more beautiful than a summer day even though this love is not clearly identified as an erotic or a platonic or filial love. Thus we could say according to Shakespeare true love in any form is beautiful, be it between lovers, friends or family. Shakespeare's theme in sonnet 18 is devoted to a perfect love. But Shakespeare has treated love in his own, distinctive style most conspicuously by addressing the sonnet not to a beautiful maiden but instead to a ‘Fair Youth’. The most popular contenders for the poets muse are Shakespeare's patrons, Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton and William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, both of whom were thought to be extremely attractive. The Fair Youth sonnets are cited as evidence of Shakespeare’s possible bisexuality (Pequigney,1985, p.64).However this point is refuted by many scholars. Douglas Bush (1961) writes:
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1 taught by Professor Meyer during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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