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A Lyrical Performance

By Kevin Costa

Shakespeare’s Sonnets are fantastic for so many reasons. Peter O’Toole, in an interview on NPR a few years ago, said, “They’re my life companion. 1,246 more words


Day 13 NaPoWriMo


My riddle written in pentameter,

five stressed and five unstressed will make it ten.

So Keats did love its use; parameters

as quick, emotive power to it bends. 100 more words


# 170

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: 96 more words


A Catalogue of Early Modern Sonnet Sequences

As part of my doctoral research at the University of Wales, I composed a list of all the sonnet sequences published in the early modern period in Britain.  187 more words

Why Study Sonnet Sequences?

By 1609, when Shakespeare’s Sonnets appeared in print in London, the sonnet sequence genre had almost completely collapsed.  What began in England as a response to the continental tradition championed by Dante, Petrarch, and Du Bellay, and had attracted the attentions of the greatest poets of the period, had become a project compromised by its own apparent superficiality, demonstrable commercialism, and in the words of one contemporary critic, sonnet writers had become ‘lyers’, interested in the sound of their own voices and their own success at the bookstalls than in any pretence of a fictional beloved lady. 704 more words

Statues, Idols, Dreams.

In his recent article ‘Poetic Preservation, Ontological Peril: The Friend within the Shakespearean Sonnet’, Bruce Carroll makes some excellent points about the potential harms sonnets can inflict upon the poetic subjects they are ostensibly designed to lionize; “The speaker’s aggrandizements and criticisms of his craft at once suggest that the qualities of poetry empowering it to safeguard his young friend against the ravages of time also bring him harm.”  His attention is drawn to the blurring of ontological boundaries in Shakespeare’s  317 more words