Venus and Adonis by SHAKESPEARE, William



Venus and Adonis is Shakespeares narrative poem about the love of the goddess Venus for the mortal youth Adonis, dedicated partly to his patron, the Earl of Southampton (thought by some to be the beautiful youth to which many of the Sonnets are addressed). The poem recounts Venus attempts to woo Adonis, their passionate coupling, and Adonis rejection of the goddess, to which she responds with jealousy, with tragic results. This recording features three different readers performing the narration, Venus, and Adonis. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) Read by Elizabeth Klett, Arielle Lipshaw, Bob Gonzalez