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    this sonnet is addressed to a young woman

    William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, many of which are great achievements of English literature. Among them, "Sonnet 18" is the best known and most frequently quoted. In the sonnet, the speaker compares his beloved to the summer season, and argues that his beloved is better and will live on forever. Readers often assume that this sonnet is addressed to a young woman, an object of the speaker's romantic love. But though the sonnet is indeed a love poem, it is actually an expression of love for a male friend - the same nameless young gentleman to whom the first 126 of Shakespeare's sonnets are addressed. Though scholars have long debated the identity of the young man and the nature of his relationship to the narrator, the matter is clouded by uncertainty. It is unclear even whether Shakespeare is narrating.

    What does this "addressed" mean? "delivered" or "made or announced for someone"?

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    Re: this sonnet is addressed to a young woman

    Written to.
    The person that "thee" is intended to mean.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: this sonnet is addressed to a young woman

    Or spoken to.

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    Re: this sonnet is addressed to a young woman

    Readers often assume that this sonnet is addressed to a young woman, an object of the speaker's romantic love.
    "...addressed to a young woman" means that the young woman is the one for whom the sonnet was written. From the wording of the piece you have quoted, it seems clear that the sonnet is of the type one would write for a romantic love interest. It is reasonable that "addressed to" could also carry the second meaning of "intended to be delivered to".

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