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Shakespeare's Sonnets and the Bible: A Spiritual Interpretation with Christian Sources
     

Shakespeare's Sonnets and the Bible: A Spiritual Interpretation with Christian Sources

by Ira B. Zinman, The Prince of Wales (Foreword by)
 

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The extent to which Shakespeare derived the inspiration for his plays and Sonnets from the Bible has sparked debate for centuries. Although much research has been done on Shakespeare's plays, a comprehensive analysis of his Sonnets has been absent, until now. This book gives a detailed examination of Shakespeare's Sonnets, identifying their underlying spiritual

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The extent to which Shakespeare derived the inspiration for his plays and Sonnets from the Bible has sparked debate for centuries. Although much research has been done on Shakespeare's plays, a comprehensive analysis of his Sonnets has been absent, until now. This book gives a detailed examination of Shakespeare's Sonnets, identifying their underlying spiritual themes at the religious and scriptural levels of interpretation.

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Library Journal
Given Stephen Greenblatt's attention to Shakespeare's spiritual depth in his biography Will in the World, interest in Shakespeare and religion seems only natural. Author Zinman, an attorney, produced the documentary film Shakespeare's Spirituality: A Perspective, featuring British scholar of perennial philosophy Martin Lings. While Lings was noted for tracing Shakespeare's spirituality in the plays, Zinman went on to write this study of the sonnets from a spiritual perspective. Zinman includes all 154 sonnets, each followed by the sonnet's "Theme," a "Glossary" paraphrasing each quatrain, a "Commentary" on the sonnet's enduring spiritual message, and a set of "Biblical Passages Suggested By" the sonnet. Zinman's exposition shows a love of both the Bard and the biblical (King James, not Shakespeare's favored Geneva Bible) text, along with a creative sense of analogy and metaphor. However, perennial philosophy's predilection for finding universal spiritual truths that transcend time and location means that Shakespeare here is "Will out of the World," unrelated to either Elizabethan England or the investigations and insights of contemporary scholarship. VERDICT Better guides to the sonnet's message within Shakespeare's world are Shakespeare's Sonnets in the edition edited by Katherine Duncan-Jones, and Robert Matz's The World of Shakespeare's Sonnets: An Introduction.—Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933316741
Publisher:
World Wisdom
Publication date:
09/16/2009
Pages:
520
Sales rank:
1,327,494
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

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