Venus and adonis is a narrative poem by william shakespeare published in 1593 it is probably shakespeares first publication the poem tells the story of venus the goddess of love of her unrequited love and of her attempted seduction of adonis an extremely handsome young man who would rather go huntingthe poem is pastoral and at times erotic comic and tragic. William shakespeare even as the sun with purple colourd face had taen his last leave of the weeping morn rose cheekd adonis hied him to the chase hunting he loved but love he laughd to scorn sick thoughted venus makes amain unto him and like a bold faced suitor gins to woo him thrice fairer than myself thus she began. Venus and adonis is shakespeares narrative poem about the love of the goddess venus for the mortal youth adonis dedicated partly to his patron the earl of southampton thought by some to be the beautiful youth to which many of the sonnets are addressed the poem recounts venus attempts to woo . Venus and adonis venus and adonis is a narrative poem or a poem that tells a story written by william shakespeare from 1592 1593it consists of 1194 lines and is based on ovids metamorphoses . With venus and adonis shakespeare launched his career as a poetthe poem is a minor epic a genre that many poets in the 1590s chose for their first efforts characters in a minor epic usually come from the periphery of myth or legend its interest is in eroticism sophistication and wit
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