Treasury of English Sonnets. Ed. from the Original Sources with Notes and Illustrations
General Books LLC, 2009 - 372 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 Excerpt: ...of love. We cannot bring ourselves to wish that "Shakspeare had never written them," ' or that the world should have wanted perhaps the most powerful and certainly the most singular, utterances of passion which Poetry has yet supplied.'--F. T. Palgrave? 'Shakespeare's Sonnets are so heavily laden with meaning, so double-shotted, if one may so speak, with thought, so penetrated and pervaded with a repressed passion, that, packed as all this is into narrowest limits, it sometimes imparts no little obscurity to them; and they often require to be heard or read not once but many times, in fact to be studied, before they reveal to us all the treasures of thought and feeling which they contain.'--Dr. Trench I conclude these introductory remarks with a word-portrait of Shakspeare by Ben Jonson which is much less generally known than it deserves to be. Mr. Massey quoting it in his later work on the Sonnets, observes: 'If it had not been for the persistent endeavour to prove Shakspeare a lawyer, and too confidently assumed that the character, or rather the name of "Ovid," in the Poetaster (produced at Shak 1 Essay, Supplementary to the Preface. Wordsworth's Poems, 1815, i, 352. J Specimens of the Table Talk of S. T. C, 1835, ii, 181. 8 Specimens of English Sonnets, 1833, p. 213. 'Notwithstanding the frequent beauties of these Sonnets... it is impossible to wish that Shakspearchadncver written them.'--HaWam'sLiteraturcofEurope.in.zGs. 5 Songs and Sonnets by William Shakespeare. Edited by Francis Turner Palgrave. 1865, p. 243. 8 A Household Book of English Poetry, and ed., 1870, p. 395 (earlier, The History of the English Sonnet: Dublin Afternoon Lectures, 1860, iv, 144). SBillram Slrahspearc. speare's theatre, 1601), was intended for Shakspeare, it...
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