Bibliographic information:
ISBN: 9781804470947
Paperback • 80pp • £5
110 mm x 178 mm
27 February 2024
Territory: World English

Venus and Adonis

William Shakespeare



ISBN: 9781804470947




Long before Shakespeare’s name was synonymous with the stage he built a name as a poet, and Venus and Adonis was likely the first work to be published by the same quill that gave the world Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and the rest of the canon.

This narrative poem tells the story of Venus, the goddess of love, and her unrequited love for Adonis. Inspired by Ovid’s telling of the myth, Shakespeare’s version is much more forthright, and was an instant success. A light entertaining tale, this is the poem that marks the beginning of the building of the Bard’s brand.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) is widely considered one of the greatest writers of all time in the English language, and the impact of his work is without parallel. Best known for his plays, which have been translated into every major living language, his sonnets and narrative poems are also widely studied. Venus and Adonis (1593) is thought to be his first publication.