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Shakespeare: the Sonnets

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ISBN-10: 140399241X

ISBN-13: 9781403992413

Edition: 2007

Authors: John Blades, Nicholas Marsh

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This introduction reflects the recent upsurge in academic interest in Shakespeare's non-dramatic verse. Part 1 adopts a thematic approach to theSonnets, guiding students through detailed textual analyses. Part 2 provides a clear critical and contextual framework for interpreting the poems, examining the development and characteristics of sonnet form, humanist themes and early modern print culture, concluding with a survey of the critical history of theSonnets.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.57" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

General Editor's Preface
Analysing Shakespeare's Sonnets
Love, or What You Will
Sonnet 4: 'Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend'
Sonnet 129: 'Th'expense of spirit in a waste of shame'
Sonnet 20: 'A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted'
Further Research
Time: to Posterity and Beyond
Sonnet 5: 'Those hours that with gentle work did frame'
Sonnet 12: 'When I do count the clock that tells the time'
Sonnet 60: 'Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore'
Sonnet 116: 'Let me not to the marriage of true minds'
Further Research
Art: Clever, Very
Sonnet 23: 'As an unperfect actor on the stage'
Sonnet 55: 'Not marble nor the gilded monuments'
Sonnet 100: 'Where art thou Muse that thou forget'st so long'
Sonnet 106: 'When in the chronicle of wasted time'
Further Research
The Rival Poet(s): a Lesson in Tightropes?
Sonnet 78: 'So oft have I invoked thee for my muse'
Sonnet 79: 'Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid'
Sonnet 82: 'I grant thou wert not married to my Muse'
Sonnet 86: 'Was it the proud full sail of his great verse'
Further Research
Fair's Fair: the Dark Mistresses
Sonnet 127: 'In the old age black was not counted fair'
Sonnet 130: 'My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun'
Sonnet 144: 'Two loves I have of comfort and despair'
Sonnet 152: 'In loving thee thou knowst I am forsworn'
Further Research
The Context and the Critics
Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Sonnet
Shakespeare the poet
The sonnet form
English sonneteers
The sonnet sequence
The end of the century and the end of the sonnet (for now)
The Court and courtly love
Humanism, Rhetoric and Poetry
Realism and rhetoric
Renaissance humanism and literature
The craft of poetry
Some Critical Responses to the Sonnets
G. Wilson Knight
Stephen Booth
A. D. Cousins
Peter Hyland
A Glossary of Some Rhetorical and Literary Terms
Further Reading