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How many sonnets did shakespeare write?

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manikkam | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2007 at 5:43 PM via web

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How many sonnets did shakespeare write?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 17, 2007 at 12:39 AM (Answer #1)

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While it is possible that Shakespeare wrote more sonnets that were lost to history, we have the text of 154 sonnets by Shakespeare.


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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 29, 2007 at 5:11 AM (Answer #2)

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There are 154 printed sonnets divided into three groups:

o        Sonnets 1 to 126 are addressed to or concern a young man

o        Sonnets 127-152 are addressed to or concern a dark lady

o        Sonnets 153-154 are free adaptations of two classical Greek poems

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kimberleemay | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:19 AM (Answer #3)

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Shakespeare published 154 sonnets, but he also included sonnets within his plays. For example, the Prologue in "Romeo and Juliet" is a sonnet. 

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