An Examination of the Poem Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare

Venus And Adonis

Venus and Adonis:

Images of Sexuality in Nature

Love may be the answer,

but when you are looking forward to the answer,

sex raises some very good questions.

- Woody Allen

Throughout his plays and poetry Shakespeare imbeds many and various themes, many of them associated with love, sexuality, life, loss of life, religion and countless others. In his poem Venus and Adonis Shakespeare tackles the motif of sexuality as a representation of like, and a function of Character. The personas of Venus and Adonis, quite often reminiscent of an Elizabethan fallen Adam and Eve, generate a sexually billed poem that lends much of the energy and influence of take pleasure in and life and loss of life to Nature. Shakespeare creates an all natural phenomenon that physically links the like and actions of the two personas to the forces, both confident and destructive, to Aspect herself. The poem allows Venus and Adonis a specific vitality or authority over the forces that lie within the powers of Mother nature, but Shakespeare's creation of the sexual narrative as a depiction of erotic desire as a tragic event leads the heroes to unavoidable misfortune, and a total loss of control over their conditions.

Shakespeare's text can be broadly split into three sections. The 1st being Venus' expressions of like for Adonis, the next involving Adonis' death and the hunt, and the 3rd and final section focuses