In 1608 he published his Sonnets. Central themes: love, poetry and time – love outlasts time, poetry outlasts both. With these sonnets, he examines feminine and masculine relationships as a kind of a spiritual testament to what happened in his private life. He wasn’t too autobiographical in them, though.
written to a young man, urging him to marry and have children, thereby passing down his beauty to the next generation – the PROCREATION sonnets
addressed to a young man, expressing the poet‘s love for him
written to the poet‘s mistress expressing his strong love for her
The final 30-or-so sonnets discuss a number of issues, such as:
– The young man‘s infidelity with the poet‘s mistress
– Self-resolution to control his own lust
– Beleaguered criticism of the world