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Mohamed Enani

A puzzle: why should all translators the world over and down the centuries translate verse into verse, while we Arabs, who boast a rich tradition of verse, use prose to render Shakespeare’s sonnets? After many decades in which Shakespeare’s Arab

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Adriana X. Jacobs

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 opens with one of the most famous queries in English literature: ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ In this poem, Shakespeare is wrestling with the problem of literary representation and the capacity of literature to

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Matthew Zarnowiecki

This article is an exploration of recent engagements with Shakespeare’s sonnets, primarily in the form of adaptations, appropriations, and responses, but also in the form of dramatizations and filmed recitations. It comes after long thought and a

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The Quest for the Sonnet

The Origins of the Sonnet in Arabic Poetry

Kamal Abu-Deeb

, familiar and obscure, a phantom of an idea began to loom in my head: why is the structure of the sonnet so similar to the structure of the muwashshah in Arabic, yet the muwashshah has countless variations of structure and the sonnet has had (until

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Christine Regan

Tony Harrison’s filial sonnets, from his major ongoing sonnet sequence The School of Eloquence (1978-), are widely regarded as among the most moving poems in the language, and have conversely been criticized for sentimentality. 1 Blake Morrison

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Richard H. Weisberg

not going to happen while Antonio loiters. Act V’s use of ‘surety’ in Merchant is elaborated in a superb late sonnet. Attend to the disastrous unfolding of events in Sonnet 134, a legalistic poem where the Shakespearean voice rejects the whole idea

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'A Sonnet out of Skilly'

Oscar Wilde's 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'

Tim Youngs

One remarkable career may have been launched at an institution in Reading (John Lucas’s, which this volume honours, at the University), but another reached an inglorious end at a different institution there: Oscar Wilde’s in Reading Gaol. Perhaps the arrival of John, a lover of the national sport, is anticipated in Wilde’s line: ‘A cricket cap was on his head’, but there the similarity probably ends.

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‘Love Merchandized’

Money in Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Manfred Pfister

of love, although these are apparently furthest removed from the cash-nexus of economic and pecuniary interactions. And this is precisely what I shall try to do in my brief and cursory reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets: to reveal the close imbrication

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Ruth O'Callaghan and John Lucas

Journal Frau Schackenberger’s Afternoon RUTH O’CALLAGHAN

Thorn Gruin’s Sorrowful Sonnet JOHN LUCAS

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Pity Silenced

Economies of Mercy in The Merchant of Venice

Alessandra Marzola

contracts, a threat which Antonio offers to prevent as he pledges his soul on Bassanio’s forfeit of marital fidelity: ‘I dare be bound again, / My soul upon the forfeit, that your lord / Will never more break faith advisedly’ (V. i. 264–68). The Sonnets