The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1336  Wednesday, 28 July 1999.

From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 28 Jul 1999 07:54:22 +1000
Subject: 10.1326 Q: Sonnets
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1326 Q: Sonnets

Clifford Stetner writes:

>A related question: have there been any attempts to equate Elizabeth
>with the fair youth of the sonnets?  I'm thinking of the invocations to
>breed as a veiled discourse concerning the succession issue.  I'm
>working on a paper on the political implications of the sonnet cycle
>genre, so immediate bibliographical references would be most welcome.

I'm doing work on the same cluster of issues.  The first article that
comes to mind is Arthur Marotti's "'Love is Not Love'..."-not the full
title, and I don't have the full bibliographic particulars readily to
hand, but a quick visit to OCLC or the MLA Index should provide the
relevant data.  (And having said that, I am now beginning to question
whether it really was Marotti's article...but that's the first part of
the title, at least.  Apologies in advance if I've got it wrong.)

He argues that not only Shakespeare, but that a great many of the
Elizabethan sonnet sequences, were in fact directed to Elizabeth.  I
have also wondered if, in light of Katherine Duncan-Jones' recent (and
quite convincing, in my view) work on dating the sequence (see the new
Arden Shakespeare's Sonnets introductory material) if there might not be
a case for James I as a veiled recipient of at least some of the
supposed "young man" sonnets.  With regard to the procreation sonnets, I
think there's a clear possibility that Elizabeth's reluctance to
procreate may at least have contributed to the sociopolitical context of
those poems.  If anyone else on the list has relevant information, I, as
well as Clifford Stetner, would be very interested.

Karen Peterson-Kranz
Department of English & Applied Linguistics
University of Guam

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