Even as the sun with purple-colored face Had taken his last leave of the weeping morn, Rose-cheeked Adonis tried him to the chase. Hunting he loved, but love—he laughed to scorn; Sick-thoughted Venus makes amain unto him, And like a bold-faced suitor begins to woo him.
Here I prophesy, Sorrow on love hereafter shall attend. It shall be waited on with jealousy, Find sweet beginning, but unsavory end; Never settled equally, but high or low; That all love’s pleasure shall not match his woe.
O strange excuse! When reason is the bawd to lust’s abuse.
O! you did kill me; kill me once again.
Thus weary of the world, away she hies, And yokes her silver doves; by whose swift aid Their mistress, mounted, through the empty skies In her light chariot quickly is conveyed; Holding their course to Paphos, where their queen Means to immure herself and not be seen.
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) is the most influential writer in English history. Shakespeare has been called The Barb of Avon and England's national poet. There are 2 narrative poems, 154 sonnets and 38 plays in his collected works. He began work as an actor and writer in London first writing comedies and historic plays. He later wrote tragedies. Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Othello are some of his more famous plays. Venus and Adonis was written in 1593. In 1593 a plague closed all the playhouses in London which gave Shakespeare the time to write this poem based on a story from mythology. Venus is in love with Adonis but nothing she does interests him. Adonis says he will go boar hunting. Venus finds Adonis fatally gored by a boar and at that point puts a curse on love.
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