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Title:
The world of Shakespeare's sonnets : an introduction
Author:
Matz, Robert.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2008]

©2008
Physical Description:
viii, 240 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
"Of Shakespeare's sonnets we know many details but little of their subjects and motives. This book delineates the customs and beliefs that shaped the sonnets, Shakespeare's life and world, and considers them in that context. This book argues for understanding the sonnets in their time, as this poet's edgy expression of the edgy culture of the English Renaissance"--Provided by publisher.
Language:
English
Contents:
Acknowledgments -- Preface -- Introduction -- Section 1 : "This powerful rhyme" -- Mirrors of courtesy -- Educating the courtier -- Love, or literary credential? -- In the shadow of abundance -- Dedicated words -- He that buys must sell -- Thy true-telling friend -- From form to feeling -- Section 2 : "A man right fair" -- Before homosexuality -- king loved him well -- Marriages and men -- "Eternal lines" : marriage or poetry? -- "Being your slave" -- Friendship and its flatteries -- But did they have sex? -- Section 3 : "A woman coloured ill" -- Gynerasty -- Saucy jacks -- Weaker vessels -- reproach of their own -- black mistress : a Renaissance common place -- More perjured I? -- expense of spirit" -- Fair is foul -- Sonnet 20 : a reprise -- Section 4 : "So long lives this" -- sonnets today -- From "sweet boy" to "sweet love" -- "Piteous constraint to read such stuff" -- lover and a man -- science of sonnets -- Wilde sonnets -- Love poetry at last -- Coda : Universal Shakespeare? -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
ISBN:
9780786432196
Format :
Book