The amazing web site of Shakespeare's Sonnets, Map of the site.



This is the web site of Shakespeare's sonnets




  Advice on using this site. If you know the number of the sonnet you wish to look at, then go to any one of the three categories below, Sonnets 1-50, 51-100 or 101-154, then follow directions from there. If you do not know which sonnet it is you wish to look at, but you know a line or a phrase, then do a global search using the plain text web page listed below. Your browser usually provides a means for doing this. For Windows Explorer, for example, use Control plus F. Then, having identified the sonnet, return to the home page, using the Back button on your browser and navigate from there. If you are in difficulty, go to the Map of the site, (this page), which should help to give you your bearings. The commentaries (listed on the Map page) have a first line index. Please note: Will does not have time to answer homework or essay queries. Look at the page for the sonnet you want and you might find the answer to your question. All the sonnets are linked to individual commentaries. (See the general notes General notes for details of sources, policies, etc.). Other features are regularly added to the site.




First line index
For a global search use all the sonnets as
Plain text 1-154
 General notes   1 - 50   Commentaries 1-50  
  Text facsimiles   51-100   Commentaries 51-100

 Other related texts of the period

 The Quarto version .

A photographic image of each page is available on the following site:


  101-154  Commentaries 101-154  
   Views of London
as it was in 1616.
 London Bridge
As it was in Shakespeare's day, circa 1600.
Some links to other sites of Shakespearian interest.

 Thomas Lodge, Sonnets to Phillis, 1593


Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophel and Stella, 1591.
Wherein the excellence of sweet poesy is concluded.


Thomas Watson, The Tears of Fancie, or Love Disdained. 1593.


Edmund Spenser, Amoretti and Epithalamion, 1595


 Barnabe Barnes, Parthenophil and Parthenophe,
Sonnets, Madrigals, Elegies and Odes, 1593.




    Giles Fletcher, Licia, or Poems of Love, Sonnets, 1593.


The Carrier's Cosmography.

A guide to all the Carriers in London, where they may be found, and on what days, whence, and whither, they arrive and depart.   As given by John Taylor in 1637.



   Bartholomew Griffin, Fidessa, more chaste than kind. Sonnets, 1596.



Oscar Wilde

The Portrait of Mr. W.H.

Mr. W. H.

March/October 2001.



Thomas Wyatt



Michael Drayton

Sonnets to Idea



 Holbein portraits of the time of Wyatt.

February 2002

 Article on Conscience by

T. Merriam


Text and Commentary.



  Note: most of the commentaries have pictures attached. These take time to download, but the text usually arrives in the first few seconds. If it is only the text (including commentary) that you require the pictures should not delay your search.

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