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Was the fairy song Shakespeare's first published poem?


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May 16, 2012 4:27PM

"The Fairy Song" was not published as a poem until many centuries after Shakespeare's death, when there was nothing he could do to protest. It is not actually a poem at all, but a part of a dialogue from Act 2 Scene 1 of his play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Midsummer's Night's Dream was first published in 1600, by the way, long after Shakespeare's first published poem, Venus and Adonis, in 1593.

To understand the offensiveness of "The Fairy Song", imagine if someone hacked a paragraph out of Twilight, arranged it in lines and gave it a title like "A Happy Song", then presented it to people as a poem. Then you'd get people asking on "Is A Happy Song Stephanie Meyers' first published poem?"