By Stephen Booth
Stephen Booth's e-book at the sonnets is without doubt one of the most vital volumes of literary feedback on Shakespeare. As Ron Rosenbaum wrote within the Shakespeare Wars, even if, Booth's shut analyzing strategy was once crushed through the "distant reading" technique of a few of the serious gear imported from France. The e-book is or at the very least was once tricky to discover, yet Booth's different ebook at the sonnets, an annotated assortment, is well to be had from Yale.
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The coincidence of the two clauses with the two quatrains acrentuates the independence of the two logically interdepentlent clauses: If thou sur\'i\'e my well-contented day \\'hen that churl Death my bones with (lust shall cover, And shalt by fortune once more resurvey These poor rude lines of thy deceased lover, Compare them with the bett'ring of the time, And though they be outstripped by every pen, Reserve them for my love, not for their rime, Exceeded by the height of happier men. ’ The formal tlivisinn between quatrains, the syntactical division between protasis and apotlosis.
He is always on familiar ground, but he never knows just what that ground is. For example, the great number of different kinds of phonetic and substantial connections made among the sonnets by repetition of the various ideas that can be expressed by brm" aml bare, and by repetition of all the various forms and senses of the words themselves. gives the whole sequence an illogically powerful aura of coherence. Perhaps the happiest moment the human mind ever knows is the moment when it senses the presence of order and coherence-—and before it realizes the particular nature (and so the particular limits) of the perception.
Pp. 31: 4|uott't| in Rollins, Vunuvum, :, 4:o—;t||. The Critical Dilemma 20 in number—those being 19. go. 34- 42, o. 84, 86, 9|, 92. 131, 133, 139. " Only T. \\'. Baldwin has attempted an all-inclusive statement of the logical structure of the sonnets and its relationship to the formal structure. If it were accurate, it would answer perfectly the persistently felt need for the general statement about the sonnets that most readers feel could be made if only someone could nd it. Baldwin quotes most of the criticisms that l have quoted above and attacks the commentators on the structure of Shakespeare's sonnets for concerning themselves at all with the structure of Italian sonnets, which were written by poets who did not attend Stratford grzunntar school.