Monday, June 13, 2005


Sonnet 126 by William Shakespeare:

"O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power
Dost hold Time's fickle glass his fickle hour..."

Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, Act 2. Scene II:

on each side her
Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,
With divers-colour'd fans, whose wind did seem
To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool,
And what they undid did.

W.H. Auden believed that Shakespeare's sonnets showed that Shakespeare loved boys.

Some believe Shakespeare was in love with Henry Wriothesley, third Earl of Southampton.

Paraphrase of Sonnet 20:

'You were created by Nature as a woman but more beautiful than any woman, for you do not have their faults. But Nature changed her mind as she made you, and turned you into a man, for she herself adored you, and, perhaps desiring congress, gave you male parts. Therefore I cannot love you with the fulness that I would love a woman. But let me have your real love, while women enjoy the physical manifestation of it, which I know to be merely a superficies'.

In 1582, Shakespeare, aged 18, married Anne Hathaway, aged 26.

In 1587, Shakespeare left left his family in Stratford and moved to London to work in the world of theatre.

The Shakespeare sonnet Number 116: "Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments; love is not love which alters, when it alteration finds." Shakespeare reportedly wrote this to a male. The sonnets are dedicated to W.H.

Oscar Wilde believed that WH was William Hughes, a boy actor who played the parts of women in Shakespeare plays, including Romeo and Juliet.

Sonnet Number 18: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate..." Scholars believe this was written for a fair-haired male.

Shakespeare wrote an elegy for the funeral of a young Oxford student named William Peter.

Professor Lars Engle of the University of California at Berkeley said in a 1995 interview with The New York Times, "Shakespeare had what we would now think of as a homosexual attachment to the youth."

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