Themes and Variations in Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Routledge, 2013 M04 15 - 256 páginas
First published in 1961.

This study analyses Shakespeare's treatment of the universal themes of Beauty, Love and Time. He compares Shakespeare with other great poets and sonnet writers - Pindar, Horace and Ovid, with Petrarch, Tasso and Ronsart, with Shakespeare's own English predecessors and contemporaries, notably Spenser, Daniel and Drayton and with John Donne.

By discussing their resemblances and differences, a not altogether orthodox picture of Shakespeare's attitude to life is presented, which suggests that he was not as phlegmatic and equable a person as critics have often supposed.

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Preface
9
Introductory
11
I POETRY AS IMMORTALISATION FROM PINDAR TO SHAKESPEARE
24
II DEVOURING TIME AND FADING BEAUTY FROM THE GREEK ANTHOLOGY TO SHAKESPEARE
92
III HYPERBOLE AND RELIGIOUSNESS IN SHAKESPEARES EXPRESSIONS OF HIS LOVE
147
Firstline index of Sonnets quoted or mentioned
233
General index
239
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