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Re: The Sonnets. All of 'em
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0077.  Monday, 29 January 1996.

(1)     From:   Chris Stroffolino <
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        Date:   Saturday, 27 Jan 1996 00:50:43 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0063  Re: The Sonnets. All of 'em

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        Date:   Sunday, 28 Jan 1996 19:51:26 -0500 (EST)
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From:           Chris Stroffolino <
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Date:           Saturday, 27 Jan 1996 00:50:43 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 7.0063  Re: The Sonnets. All of 'em
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0063  Re: The Sonnets. All of 'em

Someone suggests SUCH AS MY LOVE. However, if you want a more subtle (and in my
opinion more critically responsible) homoerotic argument for the sonnets check
out (or BUY) the late JOEL FINEMAN'S incredible Shakespeare's Perjured EYE
(circ 1988).... Also, Terry Ross suggests that because of the length of the
sonnets being 2155 lines or so that it should take about 2 hours or so.... but
I am reminded of Barber's ESSAY ON THE SONNETS in which he says it's a
maddening experience to try to read them in one sitting.... and I do think the
genre "claustrophobia" (for lack of a better word) needs to be taken into
account. Chris Stroffolino

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Date:           Sunday, 28 Jan 1996 19:51:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 7.0063  Re: The Sonnets. All of 'em
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0063  Re: The Sonnets. All of 'em

Like Nina Rulon-Miller, I found Joseph Pequigney's book on the sonnets, "Such
is My Love", the best thing I've read on the sonnets. I agree with him
regarding the nature of the relationship between the Fair Youth and the poet,
and on the sexual overtones of much of the imagery. I am not so convinced as he
is that this necessarily means that the affair was consumated. When ones
desires are fulfilled one usually has better things to do than write sonnets.

Stephanie Hughes
 

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