Themes and Variations in Shakespeare s Sonnets

It is commonplace of criticism that there are certain obvious differences between
Shakespeare's Sonnets and those of all his predecessors and contemporaries:
that for no single one of them has it been possible to produce a recognisable ...

Author: J B Leishman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135032784

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.

A Companion to Shakespeare s Sonnets

Sonnets. Stephen. Booth. Shakespeare. and. the. Essence. of. Verse. An artist
usually presents a given object or idea in one relationship to other objects and
ideas; if he opens his reader's consciousness to more than one frame of
reference, ...

Author: Michael Schoenfeldt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444332063

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

This handsome edition of Shakespeare's sonnets is based on the Arden Shakespeare edition, making authoritative texts available to the more general reader who wants to read for pleasure rather than study.

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare

ISBN: 1408128985

Category: Drama

Page: 176

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This gift edtion is a small format hardcover, almost diary-like with a sewn-in book ribbon and a bookplate page featuring Shakespeare's most-quoted sonnets, some of the most beautiful and moving poems in English literature. Dealing with love, beauty and the effects of time, Shakespeare's evocative words such as "Shall I compare theee to a summer's day?" speak to us as directly now as to Elizabethan readers centuries ago. The Arden Shakespeare is the most authoritative texts and this edtion is a must-have for all lovers of great literature.

The Complete Sonnets and Poems

Shakespeare's Sonnets Publication and Circulation . The title Shakespeare's
Sonnets sounds conclusive , ' as though in 1609 , a decade after the main vogue
for the Elizabethan sonnet sequence , Shakespeare had decided to leave his ...

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 019818431X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 750

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"The volume contains the complete Sonnets and poems with a full commentary. An extensive and lively introduction explores Shakespeare's poetic development, and shows how the poems relate to each other and to his dramatic works."--BOOK JACKET.

Fifty More Sonnets on Various Subjects

THE SONNET . SONNET 1 . “ SCORN not the Sonnet . ” Wordsworth , strongly
plain , In one of his * has eloquently sung How Dante , Petrarch , Tasso ,
Camoens , strung Their lyres to this , for soothing whatso pain . Nor less ,
preceders in the ...

Author: Montagu Montagu


ISBN: STANFORD:36105005180406

Category: Sonnets, English

Page: 74

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Shakespeare s Poems and Sonnets

individual incompleteness to achieve their reality in him. In Sonnet 53 the friend's
unitary truth absorbs the natural world as well as the historical process.
Springtime and harvest are also reflections of him, so that the poet, in lines 12
and 13, ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438115863



View: 249


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

Secrets of the Sonnets Shakespeare s Code

I know there are all sorts of rival theories and even a comic play, The Beard
ofAvon by Amy Freed, about who wrote these sonnets and the plays, and who
made love to whom and how. I don't expect to surprise anyone with the names I
found in ...

Author: Peter Jensen


ISBN: 9781430309239

Category: Fiction

Page: 236

View: 797


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.

The Sonnets

copies of the Sonnets found their way into seventeenthcentury manuscript verse
miscellanies or ' commonplace books ' . Peter Beal ( Index of English Literary ...

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521294037

Category: Drama

Page: 297

View: 273


Updated edition of Shakespeare?'s Sonnets, with a brand new introduction by Stephen Orgel.

Sonnets for Michelangelo

In all of the Italian sonnets, certain spelling anomalies have been eradicated,
such as initial h and t in place of z (so satia has been changed to sazia, for
example). Otherwise, spelling has been retained in its archaic forms. (This is not
the case ...

Author: Vittoria Colonna

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226113937

Category: Poetry

Page: 344

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The most published and lauded woman writer of early sixteenth-century Italy, Vittoria Colonna (1490–1547) in effect defined what was the "acceptable" face of female authorship for her time. Hailed by the generation's leading male literati as an equal, she was praised both for her impeccable command of Petrarchan style and for the unimpeachable chastity and piety of the persona she promoted through her literary works. This book presents for the very first time a body of Colonna's verse that reveals much about her poetic aims and outlook, while also casting new light on one of the most famous friendships of the age. Sonnets for Michelangelo, originally presented in manuscript form to her close friend Michelangelo Buonarroti as a personal gift, illustrates the striking beauty and originality of Colonna's mature lyric voice and distinguishes her as a poetic innovator who would be widely imitated by female writers in Italy and Europe in the sixteenth century. After three centuries of relative neglect, this new edition promises to restore Colonna to her rightful place at the forefront of female cultural production in the Renaissance.

The Sonnets

... Passionate Pilgrim Philological Quarterly Shakespeares Sonnets, 1609 The
Quarterly Review, The Review of English Studies The [New York] Shakespeare
Association Bulletin Studies in Philology Alexander Schmidt, Shakespeare-
Lexicon ...

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Classic Books Company

ISBN: 9780742653054

Category: English poetry

Page: 500

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The Signet Classic Shakespeare Series The work of the world's greatest dramatist edited by outstanding scholars The Sonnets UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SIGNET CLASSICS SHAKESPEARE - An extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and sonnets by the general editor of the Signet Classics Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University - Special introduction to "The Sonnets," by W. H. Auden - Literary criticism by William Empson, Hallett Smith, Winifred M. T. Nowottny, and Helen Vendler - Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the sonnets - List of recommended reading - All text printed in the clearest, most readable type

Sonnets to Orpheus

A word about the form of the sonnets . There are two or three examples in almost
Petrarchan form , notably I , 4 and 17 , where the octaves are built on two rhymes
; the rest employ quatrains unjoined by similar rhymes , and all the sestets have ...

Author: Rainer Maria Rilke

Publisher: Univ of California Press


Category: Orpheus (Greek mythology)

Page: 142

View: 986


Written with astonishing rapidity in two weeks of February 1922, Sonnets to Orpheus is a series of fifty-five brilliant and affirmative songs.

Shakespeare s Sonnets

The Fair Youth is the ' fair friend ' ( Sonnet 104 ) and an older friend ' ( Sonnet 110
) - older because of long friendship — of the poet , and yet the poet has , perhaps
deliberately , kept the identity of the Fair Youth in deep mystery . Only one ...

Author: Sunil Kumar Sarker

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 8171567258

Category: Sonnets, English

Page: 442

View: 508


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.

The Wordsworth Book of Sonnets

'Personally, I have a dread of the sonnet,' wrote Edward Thomas in a letter. 'It
must contain fourteen lines, and a man must be a tremendous poet or a cold
mathematician if he can accommodate his thoughts to such a condition.' 'Some
Eyes ...

Author: Linda Marsh

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 1853264474

Category: Poetry

Page: 195

View: 732


W. B. Yeats was Romantic and Modernist, mystical dreamer and leader of the Irish Literary Revival, Nobel prizewinner, dramatist and, above all, poet. He began writing with the intention of putting his 'very self' into his poems. T. S. Eliot, one of many who proclaimed the Irishman's greatness, described him as 'one of those few whose history is the history of their own time, who are part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without them'. For anyone interested in the literature of the late nineteenth century and the twentieth century, Yeats's work is essential. This volume gathers the full range of his published poetry, from the hauntingly beautiful early lyrics (by which he is still fondly remembered) to the magnificent later poems which put beyond question his status as major poet of modern times. Paradoxical, proud and passionate, Yeats speaks today as eloquently as ever.

Shakespeare s Sonnets

Terminal Echo] Jonathan Goldberg, deliberately abandoning “literary tact,”
makes his own criticism of those poems as difficult to read as Booth's sonnets. (
Reinventing 365) And then there is Joel Fineman's Shakespeare 's Perjured Eye:
The ...

Author: James Schiffer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135023263

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.

The Sonnets

The marriage " of sonnet 116 occurs between “ true minds . ” The speaker begins
by stating that he simply will not allow any obstacles in this “ marriage of true
minds . ” If he refers specifically to his connection to the Fair Youth , he appears to

Author: Mark Mussari

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 1608700186

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 127

View: 878


"A literary analysis of Shakespeare's sonnets. Includes information on the history and culture of Elizabethan England"--Provided by publisher.

The Art of Shakespeare s Sonnets

—Anna Swir, quoted by Czeslaw Milosz in his introduction to Talking to My Body,
by Anna Swir Writing on the Sonnets Before I begin to describe my own
intentions in commenting on Shakespeare's Sonnets, I must say a few prefatory

Author: Helen Vendler

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674637122

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 672

View: 356


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

Interpretations in Shakespeare s Sonnets

Introduction THERE IS perhaps no collection of English poetry more widely
known and praised than Shakespeare ' s Sonnets , and certainly no collection of
English poetry has been more often misused and misread . The chief obstacles to
a ...

Author: Hilton Landry

Publisher: Univ of California Press


Category: Drama

Page: 185

View: 675


Recurrent principles and interests in the sonnets are isolated in close studies of individual sonnets to show Shakespeare's pattern of mind. The study suggests various groupings by which the nature of Shakespeare's response to a number of stimuli can be gauged.

Speech and Performance in Shakespeare s Sonnets and Plays

David Schalkwyk, Academic Director of Global Shakespeare David Schalkwyk.
CHAPTER 4 Names : the sonnets , Romeo and Juliet , Troilus and Cressida and
Othello I have argued that the concept of the performative , of what words may do

Author: David Schalkwyk

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521811155

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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David Schalkwyk offers a sustained reading of Shakespeare's sonnets in relation to his plays. He argues that the la nguage of the sonnets is primarily performative rather than descriptive. 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.

A Key to Shakespeare s Sonnets

Although we base our arguments as to the object and sense of the sonnets upon
internal evidence , yet we may express our conviction that all the circumstances
connected with their origin and publication must appear to every unbiassed mind

Author: D. Barnstorff




Page: 215

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