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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.

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.