An Introduction to the Philosophy of Shakespeare's Sonnets (Classic Reprint)by Richard Simpson
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Shakespeare's Sonnets by Richard Simpson is a path breaking piece of work deconstructing the nuances of Shakespeare's lyrical poems. The underlying premise that Richard Simpson works with is the that Shakespeare is describing a part of himself in his lyrical poems, as compared to his dramatic poetry where he is only building characters and breathing life into them.
In this endeavour, the author of An Introduction to the Philosophy of Shakespeare's Sonnets brings out the true feelings, dispositions and judgements of Shakespeare as a poet. Simpson keenly traces the Renaissance philosophy of love propounded by Plato and contextualizes the same in the light of Shakespeare's sonnets. The underpinnings of An Introduction to the Philosophy of Shakespeare's Sonnets rest upon Simpson's explanation of scales of love and the various stages which the two scales of imaginative and ideal love go through in the light of Shakespeare's sonnets.
The book is well laid out with an intellectually stimulating introduction that sets the tone for the future sections. Drawing parallels with philosophical thought of well-known scholars, Simpson is able to bring out a side of Shakespeare hitherto ignored by many. The seven chapters of An Introduction to the Philosophy of Shakespeare's Sonnets serve up a literary treat for the reader, be it for casual interest or for in depth research as one of the primary texts on Shakespeare's sonnets.
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