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Shakespeare's sonnets contain some of the most exquisite and haunting poetry ever written, dealing with eternal themes such as love and infidelity, memory. This is a Wikipedia book, a collection of Wikipedia articles that can be easily Shakespeare's sonnets; Introduction: Petrarch's and Shakespeare's Sonnets. Shakespeare's sonnets are poems that William Shakespeare wrote on a The publisher, Thomas Thorpe, entered the book in the Stationers' Register on
All the sonnets are provided here, with descriptive commentary attached to each one, giving explanations of difficult and unfamiliar words and phrases, and with a full analysis of any special problems of interpretation which arise. Sonnets by other Elizabethan poets are also included, Spenser, Sidney, Drayton and a few other minor authors. The poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt are also given, with both old and modern spelling versions, and with brief notes provided. Check the menu on the left for full details of what is available. The web site has been changed to a new responsive design, which should work with tablets and phones. Please let me know if there are any problems with the new site email address below. Best wishes to all our readers.
She is not aristocratic, young, beautiful, intelligent or chaste. She is celebrated in cocky terms that would be offensive to her, not that she would be able to read or understand what's said. Soon the speaker rebukes her for enslaving his fair friend sonnet He can't abide the triangular relationship, and it ends with him rejecting her.
The sonnets most commonly identified as the Rival Poet group exist within the Fair Youth sequence in sonnets 78 — The sonnet sequence considers frustrated male desire, and the second part expresses the misery of a woman victimized by male desire.
In each part the young man is handsome, wealthy and promiscuous, unreliable and admired by all. This time the possessive word, "Lover's", refers to a woman, who becomes the primary "speaker" of the work.
An old man nearby approaches her and asks the reason for her sorrow. She responds by telling him of a former lover who pursued, seduced, and finally abandoned her.
She recounts in detail the speech her lover gave to her which seduced her. She concludes her story by conceding that she would fall for the young man's false charms again. The spoken prologue to the play, and the prologue to Act II are both written in sonnet form, and the first meeting of the star-crossed lovers is written as a sonnet woven into the dialogue. The comedy features the King of Navarre and his lords who express their love in sonnet form for the Queen of France and her ladies.
This play is believed to have been performed at the Inns of Court for Queen Elizabeth I in the mids. It is an anthology of 20 poems. They are instead harshly frank, ironic and recriminative regarding the relationship of the speaker and the Dark Lady. The spoken epilogue is written in the form of a sonnet.
This publication was greeted with near silence in the documentary record, especially when compared with the lively reception that followed the publication of Venus and Adonis.
Thomas Heywood protests this piracy in his Apology for Actors , writing that Shakespeare was "much offended" with Jaggard for making "so bold with his name.
Benson is even more wildly piratical than Jaggard. Benson imperfectly rewrites the sonnets to make them appear to be addressing a woman — the pronoun "he" is often replaced by "she". This edition is unfortunately influential and resulted in confusing and confounding various critical understanding and response for more than a century.
Then Shakespeare went on to create one of the longest sonnet-sequences of his era, a sequence that took some sharp turns away from the tradition. Or he may have been inspired by biographical elements in his life. This artistic masterwork has thrilled and moved millions of readers over the centuries, but the verses have been an enigma in terms of their meaning as well as their relationship to the author's life and contemporary history.
On this site a new way of reading the Sonnets is presented, one that brings them alive as a clandestine chronicle of political intrigue, passion, betrayal and commitment, leading to the royal succession and the end of the Tudor dynasty. The Monument solution to the Sonnets, as presented in The Monument Meadow Geese Press, , was the result of my own unexpected discoveries as I, an Oxfordian , read them over and over throughout the s, trying to understand these enigmatic verses from the new perspective that Edward de Vere , 17th Earl of Oxford, was the true author.
In the Beginning There Was a Real Story My journey began with a series of assumptions and hypotheses that had been shared by many scholars and critics over the past few centuries Traditional Commentary on the Sonnets. These premises included, for example, that the Sonnets are autobiographical and chronological; that the original edition itself is "authorial" or printed according to the author's intentions; and that the verses relate to real circumstances of the author's real life.
It is this final premise that is most important here, for only with the "correct" author in place can anyone hope to then find the "correct" life circumstances that match up with the verses. Being an Oxfordian, I was sure that I had the correct author. As I proceeded in my readings each of these hypotheses were confirmed, but -- of even greater significance -- something else also emerged.
Suddenly the pieces of the puzzle began to move into place to form a clear picture; and once the verses were aligned with contemporary events and their dates on the calendar, what unfolded was a flesh and blood story that challenges both the standard "official" versions of Elizabethan history and the traditional "orthodox" interpretations of the literature. The most startling aspect of this new picture was my realization that the Fair Youth sonnets could actually be broken into two sequences, and , with the sequence then equalling exactly sonnets, a favorite numerical device used by others poets of the day Structure of the Quarto.
Then I further realized that the first eighty of these sonnets were in chronological order more than half the collection! Finally it became clear that the next twenty sonnets matched up with the twenty days from Southampton's liberation to the day immediately following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth I , when she was "officially" dead and the Tudor dynasty was no more.
The Historical Context is the Succession Crisis of the s and the Essex Rebellion Anyone who has ever studied the Sonnets is aware that the majority of commentators for more than years have believed that the 3rd Earl of Southampton Henry Wriosthesley was the Fair Youth, and that Sonnet most likely alludes to his release from captivity in April upon the succesion of James I to the English Throne. It is also an established fact that the Poet was also a playwright, and that he wrote the play Richard II, performed on the eve of the Essex Rebellion and which most historians believe played a role in the Rebellion.
As an Oxfordian, I could then add to these known facts the fact that the Poet was the Fair Youth's prospective father-in-law there were marriage negotiations for the Fair Youth to marry the Poet's daughter Elizabeth Vere in the early s , and that the Poet sat on the jury that sentenced the Fair Youth to death in February Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford was the highest-ranking, most prominent member of that jury; note the appearance of his name at the head of the trial arraignment document on the left.
So, considering that the first seventeen sonnets were apparently about one known fact in the lives of the Poet and the Fair Youth the s marriage negotiations , I wondered how many other sonnets might be about another known fact that the Poet and Fair Youth clearly had in common: the Essex Rebellion.
It was during these continued readings and re-readings that I was struck by the change in tone from Sonnet 26 to Sonnet 27 in which the Fair Youth is now described as like a jewel "hung in ghastly night" , and how from Sonnet 27 onward something new seems to be going on between the Poet and the Fair Youth.
From this observation came my realization that 1 the range of sonnets from 27 to was exactly , and 2 that this entire sequence of was concerned with just one event: the Essex Rebellion and its aftermath. In this light it then becomes impossible to avoid the testimony of the Sonnets that the author himself did indeed sit on the jury of peers at the treason trial of Southampton and Essex on February 19, at Westminster Hall. The incredible wealth of legal language that appears in the Sonnets and especially in Sonnets is easily explained by this simple fact.
The issue between Poet and Fair Youth in the Sonnets is the legal predicament the Fair Youth is in, and the Poet's legal efforts to save him. I believe that The Poet, after having to join in the unanimous verdict condemning both Essex and Southampton to death, labored under extreme pressure to save the Fair Youth and gain the promise of his release from the Tower. And as history shows us, Southampton -- inexplicably -- was spared his death sentence, and just as inexplicably -- following the death of Queen Elizabeth in March -- he was released by the new monarch, James I of England, and fully restored.
Southampton's special treatment is unique among all the attainted Essex rebels. It now seems clear that sometime afterwards a bargain was struck with Lord Burghley's little hunchbacked son and successor, Secretary of State Robert Cecil, requiring Edward de Vere to bury the truth about his own identity and his relation to Southampton, and the truth about the remarkable history of the peaceful succession of the English Crown from the childless Virgin Queen to the foreign Scottish King.
The Poet "Shake-speare" is the 17th Earl of Oxford This new context for reading the Sonnets thus confirms the longstanding theory that The Poet was Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford , hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England and the most active patron of literature and the drama during the Elizabethan reign.