Introduction To Shakespeare's Poems

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While it is widely acknowledged that Shakespeare is the most important poet to have written in English, most people think of his poetry as the verse that is written in his plays. Apart from a few of the Sonnets, Shakespeare's non-dramatic poems are hardly familiar at all -- yet it is possible that he considered them of greater literary merit than his dramatic works. An Introduction to Shakespeare's Poems provides a lively, informative and up-to-date guide to Shakespeare's non-dramatic poetry, including the two ...
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Overview

While it is widely acknowledged that Shakespeare is the most important poet to have written in English, most people think of his poetry as the verse that is written in his plays. Apart from a few of the Sonnets, Shakespeare's non-dramatic poems are hardly familiar at all -- yet it is possible that he considered them of greater literary merit than his dramatic works. An Introduction to Shakespeare's Poems provides a lively, informative and up-to-date guide to Shakespeare's non-dramatic poetry, including the two narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece, the Sonnets, and various minor poems, some of which have only recently, and controversially, been attributed to the Bard. Peter Hyland locates Shakespeare as a sceptical voice within the turbulent and often hostile Elizabethan market-place in which professional poets had to work, rather than depicting him as a transmitter of elitist principles. Hyland relates the poems to the aesthetic tastes, social values and political concerns of the time, and explores what Shakespeare's poetry has to offer to the twenty-first century reader.
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"Hyland's book will appeal to anyone interested in a solid and comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare's non-dramatic works."—J.S. Carducci, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333725924
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/18/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hyland is Professor of English, Huron College, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1
1 Shakespeare Becomes a Poet 7
2 Shakespeare and the Literary Marketplace 20
Patronage 24
Shakespeare and Southampton 31
Shakespeare on Court Poetry and Patronage 34
3 The Art of Poetry 42
4 Shakespeare and Ovidian Poetry 55
The Epyllion 55
Shakespeare and Ovid 58
The Texts 64
The Dedications 65
5 Venus and Adonis 67
Some Readers 72
The Reader and the Narrator 76
Myth and Anti-Myth 79
Venus 84
Adonis 90
Conclusions 93
6 The Rape of Lucrece 96
Readers and Issues 101
Myth and its Uses 105
The Narrator and Patriarchal Values 109
Tarquin 112
Lucrece 117
Conclusions 122
7 Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Sonnet 125
The Development of the Sonnet 125
Shake-speare's Sonnets 136
8 Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets: 1 148
Sonnet 1: A Reading 151
Breeding Immortality 154
Gender-Bending 159
Is Love Love? 162
9 Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets: 2 168
The 'Black' Mistress 168
'Will' and the Poet 175
Time's Tyranny and the Poet's Pen 181
Conclusions 185
Coda: 'A Lover's Complaint' 187
10 Various Poems 194
Conclusion 214
Notes 216
Suggested Reading 224
Index 228
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