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Re: The Sonnets. All of 'em
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0073.  Friday, 26 January 1996.

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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Jan 1996 19:36:37 GMT
        Subj:   Re: The Sonnets. All of 'em

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        Date:   Friday, 26 Jan 1996 03:26:36 -0500
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From:           John Lee <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Jan 1996 19:36:37 GMT
Subject:        Re: The Sonnets. All of 'em

John Kerrigan's edition of _Shakespeare's Sonnets_ is very good, both for its
notes and introduction.  (He comments acutely on the uses of repetition.)  Part
of Kerrigan's argument is that the Sonnets and 'A Lover's Complaint' are meant
to be read together, the one refracting concerns of the other -- another
example would by Spenser's _Amoretti and 'Epithalamion'_.  It would seem to me
that the change from the dense diary-entry sonnets to the more expansive
rhythms of 'A Lover's Complaint' might be very interesting and illuminating if
done in one performance. The anacreontics would mark the transition, perhaps.

Joel Fineman argues that subjectivity was invented in the sonnets (cf
individualism!).  This is in his _Shakespeare's Perjured Eye_ (Berkeley: Univ
of California Press, 1986).  The argument is very ambitious and the book
difficult to read.

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Date:           Friday, 26 Jan 1996 03:26:36 -0500
Subject: 7.0063 Re: The Sonnets. All of 'em
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0063 Re: The Sonnets. All of 'em

The proposal to present the Sonnets as a reading prompts me to ask if anyone
has read an interpretation of Sonnet 94 as a poem with two speakers.  It has
occurred to me that the voice in the octave sounds like a haughty young man,
while the sestet resonates with a reproof from an older voice.  I would be
grateful to hear of any critical voices on the subject.

Richard Regan
Fairfield University
 

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