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Sonnet/Poetry Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0591  Wednesday, 31 March 1999.

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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Mar 1999 10:39:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Sonnet/Poetry Questions

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The following are questions from an AP English class in high school.
Please advise if you can offer any helpful suggestions or answers.  I
already informed the teacher that she would be best to apply to the
combined expertise of this listserv.  I know her students would learn a
great deal from your scholarly wisdom.  Many thanks-

M.J. Chaffee
English, Campbellsville University, KY

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Subject: poetry questions

Questions #1 from Jenny Jenkins who was assigned the "Funeral Elegy:"

Much of what I have researched provides plenty of arguments against
Shakespeare as the author.  A scholar named Don Foster supposedly
identified Shakespeare as the author (isn't he the one who identified
the author of Primary Colors as well) but I cannot find any information
regarding his theories.  Can you help?

Question #2 from Anne Kiernan who was assigned "The Rape of Lucrece:"
Was "The Rape of Lucrece" Shakespeare's "follow-up" to his "Venus and
Adonis" or was it written purely to diffuse the controversy over it?

Question #3 from Kristen Daugherty who was assigned sonnets 18-26:
Many chapters and articles discuss the "homosexuality" issue.  Was
Shakespeare's motive for writing his sonnets purely to express himself
to his "significant other(s)?  Would his sonnets have been automatically
published?  If so, did he consider that his sonnets would have a larger
audience?
 

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