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Lecture

lecture 4


Department
English
Course Code
ENGB32
Professor
Majorie Rubright

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Read Acts 1 - 3 R&J
Response #1
Writing a sonnet
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Write your own Shakespearean sonnet using what you consider to be contemporary versions of ideal of
love. "twist", image
Shakespearean Sonnet
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Divides the poem into three quatrains with a rhyming couplet
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Tone and mood change can occur between quatrains
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Twist to the story or the perspective or the metaphor or message in the couplet
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Written in a time that the P. was so en vogue that it was growing tiresome
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The original versions were not arranged, passed between men like letters
Sonnets were circulated in the period through manuscripts
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1609 the edition was publish the way we see now
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Also celebrate poetry as a mode of reproduction and ensures mortality
This idea goes way back, especially in Western art, going back all the way to Homer's
Iliad - the crisis of Achilles is about Kleos (means renowned)
Showing that his beauty should be preserved, and the poetry will preserve it
1 - 17: urge the youth to reproduce to preserve his beauty
18 - 126: praise of poetry as an instrument of immortality
Sonnets #1 - 126: addressed to a beautiful young man
Marked shift in tone
127 - 132: loathing/ longing/ lust for dark mistress
Depict her unfaithfulness
133 - 134: love triangle with the fair boy
125, 126, 143: puns on will/ Will
153 - 143: all conquering power of Cupid, futility of human effort to cure desire
Sonnets #127 - : Addressed to the dark lady (the seeming opposite of the Petrarchan ideal)
The sonnet sequence itself (in the way it was printed)
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Innovative in at least 2 ways
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He wasn't the only one to do this, even Petrarch had done this before
But he holds the traditional role of the fair lady and given her attributes
In temperament he's described as cold
Considered higher in rank to the speaker - just a rank above
Conventionally he's beloved, without loving back, not reciprocating
Immortalizing both the poet and the lover
Like the P sonnet he's the inspiration for the sonnet
The object of devotion is a young man
1.
Sonnet 2
The child of the beloved will carry on the beauty of the beloved
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With age you no longer see his beauty, but in the child the succession is carried on
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The reproduction of a child that ensures the long lasting beauty but by Sonnet 18 the literature itself will
ensure that
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Rank is signified though clothes
Livery (line 3) - appearance in what you wear
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Issue of apprentice-ship - your boss bought you your clothes
Lecture 4 - 21/09
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
12:02 PM
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