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Venus and Adonis

In a Nutshell

Pop quiz: think about every super dramatic love story you've ever read or seen.

Ready? What's on your list? Maybe some of these:

Now, picture all of these stories pumped up on steroids – that's what "Venus and Adonis" is like. You've got the goddess of beauty, love, and (ahem) procreation, falling desperately in love with a guy who is literally the sexiest man on earth. What could possibly be a more love-y love story? We have no idea. So, if you're into romance, here you go – Shmoop delivers it to you in a heart-shaped box.

But maybe you aren't into romance. Maybe you'd prefer that Jake wasn't healed by a magic tree and turned into a Na'vi in Avatar. Maybe you wish Edward and Bella broke it off before they had a monster baby. Well, if you like to see love thwarted, this is definitely the story for you.


Shmoop Connections

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  • The first piece of poetry published by Shakespeare was called Venus and Adonis. We wonder if the dirty jokes helped make the poem so popular?

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