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The Development of the Sonnet : An Introduction - Michael R. G. Spiller

The Development of the Sonnet

An Introduction

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Published: 3rd December 1992
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In this indispensible introductory study of the sonnet, Michael R.G. Spiller takes the reader on an illuminating guided tour. He begins with the invention of the sonnet in thirteenth-century Italy and traces its progress through to the time of Milton, showing how the form has developed and acquired the capacity to express lyrically 'the nature of the desiring self'. In doing so he provides a concise critical account of the major British sonnet writers in relation to the sonnet's history. Tailor-made for students' needs, this will be an essential purchase for anyone studying this enduring poetic form. Poets covered include: Petrarch, Wyatt, Sidney, Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton and Dante.

Prefacep. ix
The Sonnet and Its Spacep. 1
Sicilians and Citizens: the Early Sonnetp. 11
'Making the Air Tremble with Clarity': the Stilnovistip. 28
Petrarch: 'the Good Weaver of Love Verses'p. 45
The Fortunate Isles: the Sonnet Moves Abroadp. 64
Wyatt, Surrey and Their Legacyp. 83
'I Am Not I': the Sonnets of Sidneyp. 102
The Elizabethan Sonnet Vogue and Spenserp. 123
'thee (My Selfe)': the Sonnets of Shakespearep. 150
The Seventeenth Century: Herbert, Drummond and Miltonp. 176
Appendixp. 198
Notesp. 200
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 234
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ISBN: 9780415087414
ISBN-10: 0415087414
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 3rd December 1992
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1