Themes and Variations in Shakespeare's Sonnets
First published in 1961.
This study analyses Shakespeare's treatment of the universal themes of Beauty, Love and Time. He compares Shakespeare with other great poets and sonnet writers - Pindar, Horace and Ovid, with Petrarch, Tasso and Ronsart, with Shakespeare's own English predecessors and contemporaries, notably Spenser, Daniel and Drayton and with John Donne.
By discussing their resemblances and differences, a not altogether orthodox picture of Shakespeare's attitude to life is presented, which suggests that he was not as phlegmatic and equable a person as critics have often supposed.
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POETRY AS IMMORTALISATION FROM PINDAR
Shakespeare and Petrarch
Shakespeare and Tasso
s Shakespeare and his English predecessors
DEVOURING TIME AND FADING BEAUTY FROM
Shakespeares sonnets on Love as the Defier of Time
The instinctiveness and unphilosophicalness of Shakespeares
Personifications of Time Age and Youth by Ovid Horace
Tragedy and the Whole Truth
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