Shakespeare: The Sonnets / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403992413
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Series: Analysing Texts Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.67 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN BLADES has lectured in English Literature at the universities of Leeds and Durham, UK. His publications include critical studies of James Joyce and John Keats: The Poems and Wordsworth and Coleridge: Lyrical Ballads, also in the Analysing Texts series.

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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface     x
Introduction     xi
Analysing Shakespeare's Sonnets
Love, or What You Will     3
Sonnet 4: 'Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend'     4
Sonnet 129: 'Th'expense of spirit in a waste of shame'     12
Sonnet 20: 'A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted'     18
Conclusions     28
Further Research     30
Time: to Posterity and Beyond     31
Sonnet 5: 'Those hours that with gentle work did frame'     34
Sonnet 12: 'When I do count the clock that tells the time'     42
Sonnet 60: 'Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore'     52
Sonnet 116: 'Let me not to the marriage of true minds'     61
Conclusions     69
Further Research     71
Art: Clever, Very     72
Sonnet 23: 'As an unperfect actor on the stage'     73
Sonnet 55: 'Not marble nor the gilded monuments'     83
Sonnet 100: 'Where art thou Muse that thou forget'st so long'     92
Sonnet 106: 'When in the chronicle of wasted time'     100
Conclusions     108
Further Research     110
The Rival Poet(s): a Lesson in Tightropes?     111
Sonnet 78: 'So oft have Iinvoked thee for my muse'     113
Sonnet 79: 'Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid'     122
Sonnet 82: 'I grant thou wert not married to my Muse'     129
Sonnet 86: 'Was it the proud full sail of his great verse'     137
Conclusions     145
Further Research     147
Fair's Fair: the Dark Mistresses     148
Sonnet 127: 'In the old age black was not counted fair'     149
Sonnet 130: 'My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun'     159
Sonnet 144: 'Two loves I have of comfort and despair'     166
Sonnet 152: 'In loving thee thou knowst I am forsworn'     175
Conclusions     183
Further Research     184
The Context and the Critics
Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Sonnet     189
Shakespeare the poet     189
The sonnet form     191
English sonneteers     193
The sonnet sequence     196
The end of the century and the end of the sonnet (for now)     199
The Court and courtly love     200
Humanism, Rhetoric and Poetry     205
Realism and rhetoric     206
Renaissance humanism and literature     209
The craft of poetry     213
Some Critical Responses to the Sonnets     221
G. Wilson Knight     225
Stephen Booth     230
A. D. Cousins     236
Peter Hyland     241
A Glossary of Some Rhetorical and Literary Terms     245
Further Reading     248
Index     251
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