Infographic: Sex in the World of Shakespeare

Kirstin Fawcett
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If the last time you read any Shakespeare was in a high school English class, there’s a chance that your teenage naïveté caused you to miss many of the racy themes, relationships, and innuendos that grace his works. Now, you can play catch-up with the below infographic by Oxford University Press. It gives a brief overview of Shakespeare's fictional (and real) romances, and explains how he uses sex as a literary tool in his plays and sonnets. Even if some of the Bard's erotically-charged references aren't as titillating to modern readers as they once were to Elizabethan audiences, it's still fun to learn all the stuff our former literature teachers were too embarrassed to teach us when we were 16.

[h/t Oxford University Press]