The Shakespeare Sonnet – A few comments

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) didn’t only write plays and historical dramas. He was also deeply engaged in the poetry of his time. The art of writing a good poem had rules and regulations as many tried to imitate the Italian verse after Petrarch. Shakespeare managed to develop his own poetic style and the Shakespeare Sonnet differs in …

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“To The Queen” – A poem by William Shakespeare?

It seems William Shakespeare (1564-1616) will continue to stir up some controversy regarding authorship. This post will focus on a poem named "To The Queen", or "To the Queen by the Players". It's a 18 verses long poem which now has been attributed to Shakespeare, but we cannot know for certain if he really wrote …

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On Sleep – A monologue from Henry IV by William Shakespeare

King Henry IV on Sleep in the 3rd Act In this quite lenghty monologue from Shakespeare's Henry IV and the third act of the play; we encounter some thoughts on human sleep. This is portrayed through the voice and charachter of The king himself. This isn't the only expressed thoughts on sleep that we encounter …

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Sonnet 130 – A poem by William Shakespeare

Context: William Shakespeare (1564-1616) needs no further introduction. This sonnet makes fun of the ideals of love. In the final sentence the narrator describes his love for the woman or "mistress" as something that is rare and wish not to compare her to other things associated with love. He's also ironical. In the previous lines we …

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Sonnet 21 – A poem by William Shakespeare

Context: This sonnet mentions the Muse, in Classic mythology she was one of nine and here she represents her own element - poetry. This poem is about the narrator's own attitude towards written verse and challenges any criticism his verse isn't real or fake. Take notice on how he introduces himself here. He is not …

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“Shakespeare Bites Back”: A free e-book from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

As the weekend is approaching I would like to recommend a free e-book if you are interested in the life and works of William Shakespeare. The e-book "Shakespeare Bites Back" (2011) is written by Dr. Paul Edmondson and Prof. Stanley Wells. It's available to the public for free thanks to The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The …

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“Two loves I have of comfort and despair”- A Sonnet by William Shakespeare

Context: This sonnet appeared for the first time with 15 other sonnets in Shakespeare's "The Passionate Pilgrim" (1599). The narrator in this poem describes his two loves - a "fair youth", or young man and the "Dark Lady". Several voices are heard in this poem. One of his loves comforts the narrator, but the other …

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