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"Encomiums on the Beauty of His Mistress" is an excerpt from John Gough's The Academy of Complements, a book first published in 1639 and revised several times before this version was published in 1684. The excerpt bears many similarities to Romeo's speech to Juliet in Shakespeare's play.\n<br><br>\n<i><u>Literature Set: Shakespeare's Tragedies (Text 4)</u> -- This text provides background information and context that can help students better understand Shakespeare's plays. Assign this this text after students have read Act I, Scene V in <i>Romeo and Juliet</i>. Direct students to analyze the literary devices used in the poem and compare it to Romeo’s description of Juliet.</i>\n<br><b