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Sonnet 18 Trivia

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The original 1609 Quarto of the sonnets was dedicated "To the only begetter of these ensuing sonnets Mr. W. H. all happiness and that eternity promised by our ever-living poet wisheth the well-wishing adventurer in setting forth." Confusing? You’re darn right. Scholars for centuries have agonized over this little dedication, trying to figure out not only what the heck it means but, more importantly, who this mysterious "Mr. W. H." is. Could he be the "Fair Youth" referred to in the sonnets? In the academic world, it doesn’t get much better than Shakespeare mysteries. (Source)

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