The Life in the Sonnets, Hardback Book

The Life in the Sonnets Hardback

Part of the Shakespeare Now! series


Current norms of literary criticism tend to ignore ways in which literary experiences relate to life experience, and some ways in which literary experiences can be intensified and deepened.

In this vibrant and controversial book, David Fuller seeks to recover the life in Shakespeare's sonnets, arguing that feeling and emotion, often ignored in criticism, should be central.

He offers two ways of attempting this - first engaging with the poems through kinds of feeling fundamental to the young man sequence as presented in other kinds of writing and art - philosophy (Plato), poetry and visual art (Michelangelo), fiction (Mann), music (Britten), and film (Jarman).

He then discusses reading the poems aloud, showing that dwelling in the words without translating them into other terms brings out their beauty and expressivity, and leads to fuller understanding of their form, structure, and meaning.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 134 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Literary studies: poetry & poets
  • ISBN: 9781847064530

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