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What is the theme of Shakespeare's Sonnet 1?

Procreation and obsession with beauty are the major themes of Sonnet 1, which is written in iambic pentameter and follows traditional sonnet form. In the poem, Shakespeare suggests that if the fair youth does not have children, it would be selfish, as it would deprive the world of his beauty.

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Subsequently, one may also ask, what is Shakespeare's first sonnet about?

Shakespeare begins Sonnet 1 with a reference to the physical beauty of “fairest creatures”, then challenges the young man's lack of a desire for an heir. On the contrary, Shakespeare continually expresses his desire for the young man whom he calls 'beauty's rose' and who, he warns, must like a rose reproduce himself".

One may also ask, what does From fairest creatures we desire increase mean? The first sonnet takes it as a given that “From fairest creatures we desire increase”—that is, that we desire beautiful creatures to multiply, in order to preserve their “beauty's rose” for the world.

Also question is, what is the tone of Sonnet 1?

Shakespeare begins Sonnet 1 with the exaggerated description of the beloved's physical beauty, before changing to a tone of contempt for the beloved's refusal to have an heir. The allusion to the rose is particularly significant because it is uncommon for the rose, a symbol of femininity, to be used to refer to a man.

Who created the first sonnet?

Giacomo da Lentini

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