A lovers complaint is a narrative poem written by william shakespeare and published as part of the 1609 quarto of shakespeares sonnetsit was published by thomas thorpe a lovers complaint is an example of the female voiced complaint that is frequently appended to sonnet sequences. The book contains 154 sonnets and a lovers complaint i am sure we could all come up with a few of those and an introduction that is a quarter of the book this is an enjoyable book and a quick dip in to shakespeare without having to read as i have previously said about love poetry we men need all the help we can when it comes to trying to . About the sonnets and a lovers complaint part of penguins beautiful hardback clothbound classics series designed by the award winning coralie bickford smith these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high quality colourful tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. The 154 sonnets all but two of which are addressed to a beautiful young man or a treacherous dark lady contain some of the most exquisite and haunting poetry ever written and deal with eternal subjects such as love and infidelity memory and mortality and the destruction wreaked by time. Traditionally love poems and lovers complaints paid homage to female beauty this poem breaks the mould as do the sonnets only a small space in stanza 2 is devoted to the maids vanished beauty
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