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As the rain stops and the sun comes out, William stares into his reflection in the water that’s now pooled in Hamnet’s grave. Suddenly, he has a vision of blind Tyresias, seen as if he himself was Narcissus hearing the strange prophecy of his doom.
After Hamnet’s death, William had no sons to which to pass on his legacy. He would spend almost all of his remaining days composing the sonnets – “little songs” of “little sons” – to serve as his last Will(iam) and testament, as his poetic portfolio, and as a memorial to himself and his son.
The cover of Shakespeare’s Sonnets is of great importance, as it will be referenced visually throughout the sonnet sequence.