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Venus and Adonis is a poem by William Shakespeare written around 1593. This is probably his first published work. This poem, which relates the romance between Venus and Adonis, combines comic, tragic and erotic elements. It is inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Venus, the goddess of love, is seduced by a young man of great beauty, Adonis. But Adonis is not very receptive to this love, because he is young and only interested in hunting. Despite Venus' warning, Adonis goes hunting and is killed by a boar, leaving Venus mourning.

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