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It is said that Shakespeare is lost in his drama but can be found in sonnets.Elaborate...

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Posted July 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM via web

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It is said that Shakespeare is lost in his drama but can be found in sonnets.Elaborate on the subjective elements in his sonnets.

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:07 PM (Answer #1)

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Dramatic characters must conform to the play’s needs and development of the plot, but because poetry only has one narrator, often in the first person, there is a temptation to equate the poet with the poem’s narrator.  Also, in Shakespeare’s case, because we have so little biographical information, it is a temptation for the scholar to elicit subjective information from such utterances as “My glass shall not persuade me I am old” (# 22) or “Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear” (#77), and like a puzzle piece together subjective utterances into a kind of diary or journal of events, love affairs, emotional attitudes, and the like into some sort of “portrait” of Shakespeare himself.  The actual connection between details in the sonnets and Shakespeare’s own personal experiences has not been convincingly established.  Subjective symbols, as opposed to universal symbols, sometimes seem to appear in the sonnets, such as “The barren tender of a poet’s debt” (#83). The contradictions of subjective information (sometimes a female and sometimes a male beloved, for example) are explained away by elaborate fictive portraits of Shakespeare.

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