Read e-book online An Introduction to Shakespeare's Poems PDF

By Peter Hyland

ISBN-10: 0230802400

ISBN-13: 9780230802407

ISBN-10: 0333725921

ISBN-13: 9780333725924

An advent to Shakespeare's Poems offers a full of life and educated exam of Shakespeare's non-dramatic poetry: the narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece; the Sonnets; and numerous minor poems, together with a few just recently attributed to Shakespeare. Peter Hyland locates Shakespeare as a sceptical voice in the turbulent social context within which Elizabethan specialist poets needed to paintings, and relates his poems to the tastes, values and political pressures of his time. Hyland additionally explores how Shakespeare's poetry could be of curiosity to twenty-first century readers.

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Shakespeare and the Literary Marketplace 27 Patronage, then, was essential as a means of tying together the social and political structure, but it had another important function. For those who had power, patronage became a matter of prestige, a means of reflecting their power. The simple ability to dispense favours was the most conspicuous aspect of this, but another effective use of patronage was to create images of substance and splendour by linking it to art. Gordon Kipling has shown that Henry VII, Elizabeth’s grandfather and the founder of the Tudor line, was the first English monarch to offer ‘widespread and systematic patronage to artists and men of letters’.

The warrant I have of your honourable disposition, not the worth of my untutored lines, makes it assured of acceptance. What I have done is yours; what I have to do is yours, being part in all I have, devoted yours. Were my worth greater my duty would show greater, meantime, as it is, it is bound to your lordship, to whom I wish long life still lengthened with all happiness. YOUR LORDSHIP’S IN ALL DUTY, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE There are scholars who have detected in this dedication a more familiar tone than in the earlier one, and have conjectured from it an increasingly intimate relationship between Shakespeare and his young patron.

In court circles poetry was a highly regarded commodity, circulated within a small community; it reflected the desires and beliefs of the court, and its value was not perceived as material. But the noble consumer’s desire for novelty, for new and exciting poetry, was often mixed with a degree of distaste for those who produced it if they came from outside the ‘community of blood’. The professional poet was working with very potent and volatile materials, the significance of which was intimately connected to the ideology of the elites within the court and to the way in which they perceived themselves and wished to be perceived.

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