A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Author: Michael Schoenfeldt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444332066

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 521

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This Companion represents the myriad ways of thinking about the remarkable achievement of Shakespeare?s sonnets. An authoritative reference guide and extended introduction to Shakespeare?s sonnets. Contains more than 20 newly-commissioned essays by both established and younger scholars. Considers the form, sequence, content, literary context, editing and printing of the sonnets. Shows how the sonnets provide a mirror in which cultures can read their own critical biases. Informed by the latest theoretical, cultural and archival work.

Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Author: Sunil Kumar Sarker

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 9788171567256

Category: Sonnets, English

Page: 442

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Though Sonnets Are, Generally, Easy Poems, Shakespeare S Sonnets Are Not, And Very Naturally, He Being A Master-Mind, His Sonnets Are Far From Easy To Understand. The Principal Objective Of This Book Is To Explain The Sonnets For Common Readers, And To Discuss Some Very Topical Questions About Them. The Author Persistently Kept In Mind The Difficulties Of General Readers In Understanding The Sonnets, And So He Meticulously Avoided Pedantry. The Book May Be Deemed To Be Divided Into Two Parts : The First Part Discusses Some Very Important General Topics Relating To The Sonnets; And The Second Part Devotes Itself Entirely To Explaining, Line By Line, The Sonnets, Keeping Close To The Themes Of Them. Difficult Words And Concepts Have Been Carefully Explained. The Texts Of All The 154 Sonnets Have Been Given For The Benefit Of Readers.

Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Author: William Shakespeare,Stephen Booth

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300085068

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 583

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The classic love poems of William Shakespeare are accompanied by critical commentary.

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Critical Essays

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Author: James Schiffer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135023263

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

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Shakespeare's Sonnets: Critical Essays is the essential Sonnets anthology for our time. This important collection focuses exclusively on contemporary criticism of the Sonnets, reprinting three highly influential essays from the past decade and including sixteen original analyses by leading scholars in the field. The contributors' diverse approaches range from the new historicism to the new bibliography, from formalism to feminism, from reception theory to cultural materialism, and from biographical criticism to queer theory. In addition, James Schiffer's introduction offers a comprehensive survey of 400 years of criticism of these fascinating, enigmatic poems.

Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Author: John Kerrigan,William Shakespeare

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141909706

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Shakespeare's Sonnets have caused endless debate and speculation: who is the dark lady, who is the 'only begetter'; and what light do the poems shed on the life of the poet? Yet the sonnets themselves can be enjoyed for their lyricism rather than their intention. Written as a form of personal confession - of love, of grief, of anger, of jealousy and of lust - the sonnets encompass a huge range of human emotion beautifully expressed within the restrictions of the form. Some, such as 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day' or 'Let me not to the marriage of true minds' will be instantly familiar to readers, while others, equally rich in imagery, are less well known. Together they form a powerful meditation on the nature of love, marriage, beauty and time.

The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Author: Helen Vendler

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674637127

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 672

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Analyzes all of Shakespeare's sonnets in terms of their poetic structure, semantics, and use of sounds and images

Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Author: Kenneth Muir

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136563776

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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This edition first published in 1979. Discussing Shakespeare's sonnets in relation to sonnets by Italian, French and English poets, Kenneth Muir shows how they were influenced by Shakespeare's reading of Sidney, Erasmus and Ovid and discusses their art in terms of construction, sound patterns and imagery. He considers the relationship of the sonnets to Shakespeare's dramatic writing, while stressing the dramatic element in the sonnets themselves. Finally he surveys the changing attitudes to the sonnets during the last three centuries.

Themes and Variations in Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Author: J B Leishman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135032785

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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First published in 1961. This study analyses Shakespeare's treatment of the universal themes of Beauty, Love and Time. He compares Shakespeare with other great poets and sonnet writers - Pindar, Horace and Ovid, with Petrarch, Tasso and Ronsart, with Shakespeare's own English predecessors and contemporaries, notably Spenser, Daniel and Drayton and with John Donne. By discussing their resemblances and differences, a not altogether orthodox picture of Shakespeare's attitude to life is presented, which suggests that he was not as phlegmatic and equable a person as critics have often supposed.

Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Author: Dympna Callaghan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470777516

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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This introduction provides a concise overview of the central issues and critical responses to Shakespeare’s sonnets, looking at the themes, images, and structure of his work, as well as the social and historical circumstances surrounding their creation. Explores the biographical mystery of the identities of the characters addressed. Examines the intangible aspects of each sonnet, such as eroticism and imagination. A helpful appendix offers a summary of each poem with descriptions of key literary figures.

Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Author: William Shakespeare,Helen Hunt,Dr. Barbara A. Mowat,Paul Werstine

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780671722876

Category: Drama

Page: 432

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A bestselling, beautifully designed edition of William Shakespeare's sonnets, complete with valuable tools for educators. The authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, is now available as an eBook. Features include: · Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on page facing each sonnet · A brief introduction to each sonnet, providing insight into its possible meaning · An index of first lines · Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books · An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the sonnets

Shakespeare's Sonnets & Poems

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Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501128876

Category: Drama

Page: 704

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A bestselling, beautifully designed edition of William Shakespeare’s sonnets and poems, complete with valuable tools for educators. The authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Poems from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Full explanatory notes conveniently linked to the text of each sonnet and poem -A brief introduction to each sonnet and poem, providing insight into its possible meaning -An index of first lines -Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the sonnets The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.

Speech and Performance in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Plays

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Author: David Schalkwyk

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139434233

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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David Schalkwyk offers a sustained reading of Shakespeare's sonnets in relation to his plays. He argues that the language of the sonnets is primarily performative rather than descriptive, and bases this distinction on the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein and J. L. Austin. In a wide-ranging analysis of both the 1609 Quarto of Shakespeare's sonnets and the Petrarchan discourses in a selection of plays, Schalkwyk addresses such issues as embodiment and silencing, interiority and theatricality, inequalities of power, status, gender and desire, both in the published poems and on the stage and in the context of the early modern period. In a provocative discussion of the question of proper names and naming events in the sonnets and plays, the book seeks to reopen the question of the autobiographical nature of Shakespeare's sonnets.

The Drama in Shakespeare's Sonnets

"A Satire to Decay"

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Author: Mark Mirsky

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1611470269

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 273

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The Drama in Shakespeare's Sonnets: "A Satire to Decay" is a work of detective scholarship. Unable to believe that England's great dramatist would publish a sequence of sonnets without a plot, Mark Jay Mirsky-novelist, playwright, and professor of English, proposes a solution to a riddle that has frustrated scholars and poets alike. Arguing that the Sonnets are not just a "higgledy piggledy" collection of poems but were put in order by Shakespeare himself, and drawing on the insights of several of the Sonnets' foremost contemporary scholars, Mirsky examines the Sonnets poem by poem to ask what is the story of the whole. Mirsky takes Shakespeare at his own word in Sonnet 100, where the poet, tongue in cheek, advises his lover to regard"time's spoils"-in this case, "any wrinkle graven" in his cheek-as but "a satire to decay." The comfort is obviously double-edged, but it can also be read as a mirror of Shakespeare's "satire" on himself, as if to praise his own wrinkles, and reflects thepoet's intention in assembling the Sonnets to satirize the playwright's own "decay" as a man and a lover. In a parody of sonnet sequences written by his fellow poets Spenser and Daniel, Shakespeare's mordant wit conceals a bitter laugh at his ownromantic life. The Drama in Shakespeare's Sonnets demonstrates the playwright's wish to capture the drama of the sexual betrayal as he experienced it in a triangle of friendship and eroticism with a man and a woman. It is a plot, however, that theplaywright does not want to advertise too widely and conceals in the 1609 Quarto from all but a very few. Despite Shakespeare's moments of despair at his male friend's betrayal and the poet's cursing at the sexual promiscuity of the so-called Dark Lady, The Drama in Shakespeare's Sonnets sees the whole as a "satire" by Shakespeare and, particularly when read with the poem that accompanied it in the 1609 printing, "A Lover's Complaint," as a laughing meditation on the irrepressible joy of sexual life.

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Self, Love and Art

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Author: Philip Martin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521144636

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

View: 1983

This study closely analyses sonnets to bring out what they can tell us of different kinds of love, particularly self-love, the relation of these to the world of natural growth and temporal succession, and finally the ways in which art can properly be defined as a form of love.

Shakespeare's Poems and Sonnets

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Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438115865

Category:

Page: N.A

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Provides insight into the poems & sonnets of William Shakespeare along with a brief biography.

Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Author: David West

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9781585679218

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

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An accessible volume of the bard's poetry and lyrics, presented in a lavish collector's format, features new commentary for modern readers that offers insight into each work's context, argument, and language use.

Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Author: Paul Edmondson,Stanley Wells

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199256105

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

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The sonnets are among the most accomplished and fascinating poems in the English language. They are central to an understanding of Shakespeare's work as a poet and poetic dramatist, and while their autobiographical relevance is uncertain, no account of Shakespeare's life can afford to ignore them. So many myths and superstitions have arisen around these poems, relating for example to their possible addressees, to their coherence as a sequence, to their dates of composition, to their relation to other poetry of the period and to Shakespeare's plays, that even the most naive reader will find it difficult to read them with an innocent mind. Shakespeare's Sonnets dispels the myths and focuses on the poems. Considering different possible ways of reading the Sonnets, Wells and Edmondson place them in a variety of literary and dramatic contexts--in relation to other poetry of the period, to Shakespeare's plays, as poems for performance, and in relation to their reception and reputation. Selected sonnets are discussed in depth, but the book avoids the jargon of theoretical criticism. Shakespeare's Sonnets is an exciting contribution to the Oxford Shakespeare Topics, ideal for students and the general reader interested in these intriguing poems."

Secrets of the Sonnets: Shakespeare's Code

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Author: Peter Jensen

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1430309237

Category: Fiction

Page: 236

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1. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616-Shakespeare's Sonnets-Substitution code-1609 Quarto- 2. The Poet William Shakespeare-The Youth Henry Wriothesley-The Dark Lady Aemelia Bessano Lanyer- The Rival Poet Christopher Marlowe-Deciphering- Time and Timeline-Names and Identities.