What are the themes of Shakespearean Sonnets?

3 Answers | Add Yours

brendawm's profile pic

brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted on


The themes of Shakespeare’s  Sonnets are about love; they appear to be dedicated to a handsome boy and a rival poet together with a mysterious and aloof "dark" lady that they both love . They are 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


janeyb's profile pic

janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted on

Well there are so many individual themes within each sonnet, but if you are looking for an overall theme, it would definintly be love--be it falling in or out of love (like the first 17 sonnets) or unrequited love (like sonnet's 127-154). One common theme that all of the Sonnets address is love.

amqtan's profile pic

amqtan | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted on

If you try to look at the general context of Shakespeare's sonnets, you would therefore conclude that majority of his sonnets speak of love and admiration for a certain dark lady, his undying friendship for a young man and the rest where adaptation of greek classical forms.

We’ve answered 318,928 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question