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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 the Sonnets, 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 the Sonnets.
General Editor's Preface
• PART I: ANALYSING SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS
• Love (or what you will)
• Time: to posterity and beyond
• Art: clever, very
• The Rival Poet(s): a lesson in tightropes?
• Fair's fair: The Dark Mistresses
• PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS
• Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Sonnet
• Humanism, Rhetoric and Poetry
• Readers and Writers
• Some Critical Responses to the Sonnets
• A Glossary of Some Rhetorical and Literary Terms
• Further Reading