Shakespeare's sonnets came after he was already famous. He took time to expand his reaches.
"There are 154 sonnets in the sequence, though some scholars believe that a different author may have written Sonnets 153 and 154, those focused on Cupid, the Roman god of love. Only two of the sonnets appeared before 1609, in a book of poetry called The Passionate Pilgrim (1599)." (Sidel 4)
He was not only committed to his plays, he was also very committed and dedicated to his sonnets, short poems. He wrote 154 over his lifetime and only two were published before 1609
"Though Shakespeare was not the first to use this form, it became known as the English, or Shakespearean, sonnet." (Seidel 3)
Shakespeare was a very talented writer. Not only did he write plays for many years, he wrote poems, or sonnets too. He was so good at writing them that they started calling them Shakespearean sonnets.
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Royal Shakespeare Company is an English theater organization dedicated to presenting the plays of William Shakespeare and other playwrights of his time, modern classical dramas, and new works.
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