Shakespeare's Sonnet 20, for which some critics argue Billy Shakes doesn't REALLY want to be with that lovely, tempting, feminine young man...

These lines, right here?

A man in hue, all hues in his controlling,

Which steals men’s eyes and women’s souls amazeth.

And for a woman wert thou first created,

Till nature as she wrought thee fell a-doting,

And by addition me of thee defeated


But since she pricked thee out for women's pleasure,

Mine be thy love and thy love’s use their treasure.

Nah, totally not doting on him. Definitely not lamenting he wasn't "pricked out" for your pleasure.

Hey, what do you think, CliffsNotes?

But the issue here is not what could have happened, but what the poet's feelings are. Ambiguity characterizes his feelings but not his language. The poet does not want to possess the youth physically. [...] We are assured then that the relation of poet to youth is based on love rather than sex; according to some critics, even if the possibility existed that the poet could have a sexual relationship with the young man, he doesn't show that he would be tempted.

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