Genius takes all of you, destroys you. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Another explanation is that the poems are not autobiographical but fiction, another of Shakespeare's "dramatic characterization[s]", so that the narrator of the sonnets should not be presumed to be Shakespeare himself. Oral sex— categorized as sodomy— is still illegal in some American states, although the law was made unenforceable as late as ! This sort of faux love-making to a superior — when that superior was a woman — was normal in the 16th century. If you want to get in touch, you can tweet us on ShakespeareBT or using the hashtag talkshakespeare. For example, a young soldier named Sampson speaks of both himself and his sword as an erection:
The love which he felt for Southampton may well have been the most intense emotion of his life.
Was Shakespeare bisexual? And we know for a fact that Shakespeare read these writers. One of those gaps lasts a full seven years, beginning after Shakespeare, who had been a glove maker by trade and was a married father of three in Stratford-upon-Avon, reappeared in London as an actor and playwright.
Edited by Marina Benjamin.