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Sonnet 20 Summary & Analysis
by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 20 Summary & Analysis
by William Shakespeare

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“Sonnet 20” is a poem by the Renaissance playwright and poet William Shakespeare. The poem belongs to a sequence of Shakespeare's sonnets addressing an unidentified “fair youth”—a young man for whom the speaker of the poems expresses love and attraction. In this particular sonnet, the speaker praises the fair youth for his beauty, which encompasses both feminine and masculine qualities. While acknowledging that this fair youth may continue to have physical relationships with women, the speaker affirms the depth of the love between the youth and himself. “Sonnet 20” was included in a collection of Shakespeare’s sonnets first published in 1609.

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