This chapter discusses the influence of Ovid's Metamorphoses on William Shakespeare's poem Venus and Adonis. It suggests that the Metamorphoses may be considered the first sexual poetry ever written. The focus of both versions is on persuasion to love. This chapter argues that within Shakespeare's poem there are signals that make the Ovidian source-text much broader than the seventy or so lines of direct material. It also reveals that Ovid's version was written in less than a hundred lines while Shakespeare did it in more than a thousand.
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