The first subject of his sonnets–among which are some of his most famous–are the “Fair Youth”The first subject of his sonnets–among which are some of his most famous–are the “Fair Youth”

The first subject of his sonnets–among which are some of his most famous–are the “Fair Youth” (believed to be a young nobleman) of apparent beauty, and the second, the “Dark Lady”, a woman of perhaps equal or greater beauty to him. Interestingly, they were both much younger than him, as he makes a point to mention on several occasions, which is probably why he reiterates that his love for them will live on, and thus the themes of time and death taking away what one holds dear appear repeatedly. He habitually returns to the sadness he feels when he is without his love, and usually follows up with either the sentiment that he doesn’t care so long as he is able to love them, or that his poems are his exclamations of affection and his reprieve. As for the latter, a prime example is his ninety-eighth sonnet. As it is before the introduction of the Dark Lady, this sonnet is about the Fair Youth. In the first line, we learn that the topic of the poem is separation from one’s love or lover: “From you have I been absent in the spring”. He then tries to blame