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Shakespeare's Sonnets and the Court of Navarre

By (author) David Honneyman
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Jun 1997
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773485325
ISBN-13: 9780773485327
Barcode No: 9780773485327
Synopsis
This text suggests that the lost frame of reference for the sonnets is to be found in France. The Dark Lady, it appears, was French and the sonnet story took place not in England but in the Court of Navarre. Moreover, the lady was not Shakespeare's mistress, for he was not the original sonnet poet but an adapter, who turned French sonnets into English. This thesis points to solutions for many problems, including Shakespearean riddles involving the persoanae of "Love's Labour's Lost", "A Lover's Complaint" and even provides convincing identities for Sghakespeare's Phoenix and Turtle. The texts of the Sonnets and of Shakespeare's two other "Navarre" poems are provided together with commentaries and notes. The order of the Sonnets does not require to be altered for the interpretation, however the text is modernised and includes several new emendations as well as those commonly accepted in modern editions.

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